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SNP slapped down as outrageous no deal Brexit ‘cliff-edge’ claim backfires in Commons row

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SNP MP Kirsten Oswald warned that the UK was only 30 days away from a “chaotic hard Brexit” as she lashed out at the Government’s handling of the process in regards to Northern Ireland. The Scottish Nationalist Party spokesperson repeated concerns from Northern Ireland businesses about the uncertainty surrounding a “cliff-edge” exit, and how this may affect access across borders. Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis dismissed her question, pointing to information that he had already received from said businesses.

Ms Oswald asked:”The Secretary of State will know of the anger among Northern Irish business people over the accusation by the ironically titled Minister for Efficiency and Transformation that they have their head stuck in the sand on Brexit.

“Only 30 days from the hard Brexit cliff edge, does the Secretary of State appreciate that most people will have far more sympathy with Northern Irish businessman Stephen Kelly?

“He suggested that it’s the Government who has its head stuck somewhere else.

“Isn’t it the case that Northern Ireland businesses have simply been an afterthought in his Government’s chaotic hard Brexit?”

Mr Lewis said: “If the Honourable Lady was speaking to Northern Ireland businesses directly, like I do regularly, then she’d have more knowledge of this.

“We have been in contact with them consistently though this process.

“This includes Stephen Kelly, who I do know.

“It is the information from businesses that fed into the command paper we issued earlier in the year.”

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