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Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley was lambasted by Brexiteer Ms Hoey

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley was lambasted by Brexiteer Ms Hoey

during the cross-party European Scrutiny Committee.

It came after Ms Bradley told MPs the threat of violence meant it would be impossible to implement a “physical infrastructure” on the Northern Irish border.

Ms Hoey scalded: “Are you saying we might not consider putting up or using cameras away from the border because of some blackmailing and threats by dissidents who might actually decide that they are going to start killing people?

“Are we really saying that? As that what it sounds like.”

Ms Bradley said the Government was just being “practical” about what it could and couldn’t achieve as it tries to solve the contentious issue over the Northern Irish border post-Brexit.

The Northern Ireland Secretary is one of Theresa May’s closest allies.

She admitted the customs partnership proposal backed by the PM would make the Irish border question easier to deal with.

The partnership would involve border controls remaining as they currently are with the UK collecting duties on behalf of the EU.

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The Northern Ireland Secretary is one of Theresa May’s closest allies

Other Brexiteers, such as Boris Johnson, think a “max fac” Swiss-style arrangement is preferable.

They argue the UK could use smart technology to track goods.

But the Irish Secretary said both customs options could be made to work.

She added: “There is no doubt that a customs partnership hybrid model makes the Irish situation easier.

“There is no doubt that the question of the Irish border is resolved by the customs partnership in an easier way than maximum facilitation.”

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Boris Johnson thinks a “max fac” Swiss-style arrangement is preferable

Another close ally of the PM, Damien Green, said the Government had “no intention” of introducing a border while appearing on BBC Newsnight.

Presenter Evan Davies asked Mr Green if the PM was “bluffing” when she told Eurosceptics within her Party there will be another border poll if they pursue too hard a Brexit.

The MP said: “No she is certainly not bluffing.

“Almost equally important is the practicality of it.

“I think a lot of this border dispute, whether it’s Ireland or other parts of the UK you have to look at the practicalities.

“We now know there are more roads that cross the Irish border than there are in the Eastern border of the European Union and every other country on that eastern border.

“The idea that you can have a traditional border there would not only be political nonsense, it makes no sense in practical terms.”

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