Get­ting to know Barry Gar­diner

The Irish Times - Business - - BUSINESS INTERVIEW -

Barry Gar­diner is not the first per­son and won’t be the last to head along to a “think tank” ses­sion, as­sum­ing it might be a mildly di­vert­ing few hours out of the of­fice, only to find him­self tank­ing, ca­reer-wise, soon af­ter.

The Bri­tish Labour party’s shadow spokesman on trade, speak­ing at an event in Brus­sels last month, was recorded say­ing dis­mis­sive things about the Belfast Agree­ment in a bid to join a length­en­ing line of West­min­ster id­iots on this sub­ject.

How­ever, he does seem more finely at­tuned to Brexit-re­lated eco­nomic non­sense, hav­ing rub­bished Labour’s pledge to sup­port a par­lia­men­tary vote if the agreed Brexit terms have the “ex­act same ben­e­fits” as the sin­gle mar­ket.

This, he said, was “b ****** s . . . al­ways has been b ****** s and it re­mains it”, as there would be no “ex­act same ben­e­fits” as the sin­gle mar­ket un­der Brexit.

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