In a heated debate on France 24, Vice President of British Conservatives in Paris Paul Thomson slammed Theresa May handling of Brexit claiming she fell into the EU’s trap of using the Irish Border to smash Brexit in the hopes it turned into a second referendum.
Ireland with the EU and mainstream media made a concerted effort to pushed fear in the hopes it forced a second referendum.
In the debate, Mr Thomson said: “I think Boris Johnson is trying to be transgressive, and that it is a deliberate tactic.
“I myself found this manoeuvre somewhat surprising; however, I do not think the goal of the British Government is to undermine the relationship with the Irish Republic.
“And indeed, in the negotiations leading up to the withdrawal agreement, there was a very good series of negotiating sessions between Boris Johnson and the Irish leader.
“I think that the framing of the Irish question being ultra-central to the entire Brexit process was a trap which was set for Great Britain.”
With this, a fiery response came from an Irish MEP from the Republican Party, Billy Kelleher who said: “Anything that jeopardises the Good Friday Agreement we will feel very strongly about.
“It will cause chaos in the event of the British Government going ahead, acting unilaterally and withdrawing from what was agreed and tearing up the withdrawal agreement.
“From that perspective, the Irish Government is very concerned, because we have spent many, many years building this peace process.
“Anything that would diminish that would be chaotic. If the British Government is being cavalier, if it is using the Northern Ireland peace process and the border as a bargaining chip with the EU, then they are on a very dangerous road.”
Billy then went on to tackle the question around the trap May fell into saying: “I just want to take issue with something that was said earlier on. This was not a trap. The bottom line is there is a Good Friday Agreement; the UK gave no consideration to the issues on the island of Ireland.
“It was about making sure any settlement would withhold the conditions of the Good Friday agreement.”
Mr Thomson then said: “It was used in the overall process to trap the UK, not the issue itself. I’m not saying it is a non-issue, it’s an important issue. It’s a trap Theresa May fell into.”
Looking back, it didn’t take a genius to see the EU using Ireland as their tool to attack the UK. The Good Friday agreement was, unfortunately, weaponised by the EU to attack those in Britain who wanted to leave. They even pushed the point it would cause unrest and division. The whole scenario was a cruel setup and was extraordinarily distasteful and dangerous. The EU’s precise aim back then was to force a second referendum just like they did in Ireland in the hope people voted to remain in the EU.