Fury at Tory MP’S call to ‘starve out’ Ire­land

Brexit food short­ages claim slammed

Irish Daily Mirror - - STATESIDE - BY PAT FLANA­GAN

STORM Priti Pa­tel A TORY’S claim that food short­age fears should have been ma­nip­u­lated to force Ire­land to drop the Brexit back­stop have been branded “de­spi­ca­ble”.

For­mer Minister Priti Pa­tel’s views were slammed over the suf­fer­ing dur­ing the Great Famine – ex­ac­er­bated by Bri­tish trade pol­icy – when up to a mil­lion peo­ple died.

The MP’S com­ments are linked to a leaked re­port yesterday that said there was a pos­si­bil­ity food ex­ports to

Ire­land could be hit by a hard Brexit.

Ms Pa­tel told The Times that No10 should use the po­ten­tially dis­as­trous pre­dic­tions as lever­age against the EU.

She said: “This pa­per ap­pears to show the gov­ern­ment were well aware Ire­land will face sig­nif­i­cant is­sues in a no-deal sce­nario.

“Why hasn’t this point been pressed home dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions? There is still time to go back to Brus­sels and get a bet­ter deal.” Sinn Fein MEP Li­adh Ni Ri­ada slammed the re­marks, adding: “Not only do these com­ments reek of des­per­a­tion from the Tories but it fur­ther il­lus­trates the ab­so­lute moral bank­ruptcy ram­pant in the Con­ser­va­tives when it comes to Ire­land.

“The ref­er­ence she is mak­ing, given the geno­cide in­flicted on this coun­try by Bri­tain dur­ing An Gorta Mor, is quite clear.

“The mask has well and truly slipped. We’re all used to hear­ing Theresa May’s con­trived over-earnest­ness as she stresses how she doesn’t want to see a hard border but this is ex­actly what they think of Ire­land.”

Gov­ern­ment sources dis­missed the re­ports of short­ages as “pro­pa­ganda” by hard­line Brex­i­teers.

For­mer in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment sec­re­tary Ms Pa­tel was forced to re­sign last year af­ter it emerged she was con­duct­ing meet­ings with Is­raeli groups out­side of her brief. Ni Ri­ada

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