Jacob Rees-Mogg filmed suggesting ‘inspections’ of people at Northern Ireland border after Brexit

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Jacob Rees-Mogg has been slammed after suggesting people at the Northern Ireland border crossing could be ‘inspected’ after Brexit just like it was done ‘during the troubles’.

The Tory MP was criticised by the Irish deputy prime minister Simon Coveney after a video emerged showing him discussing Britain’s exit from the European Union.

In the clip, Mr Rees-Mogg said the UK could continue with ‘historic arrangements’ to avoid a loophole that would allow people to get into the UK.

He continued: ‘There would be our ability, as we had during the Troubles, to have people inspected.

‘It’s not a border that everyone has to go through every day. But of course for security reasons during the Troubles, we kept a very close eye on the border to try and stop gun-running and things like that.’

FILE PHOTO: Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg talks to the media outside the Houses of Parliament after David Davis resigns from government, in London, Britain, July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File Photo
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been criticised (Picture: Reuters)

But Mr Coveney was not impressed with the idea and called Mr Rees-Mogg, who is chairman of the pro Brexit European Research Group, misguided.

He tweeted: ‘It’s hard to believe that a senior politician is so ill informed about Ireland and the politics of the Brexit Irish border issue that he could make comments like these,” said Coveney.

‘We have left “the troubles” behind us, through the sincere efforts of many, and we intend on keeping it that way.’

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Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney and Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides (not pictured) hold a joint news conference following their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Nicosia, Cyprus, 08 June 2018 EPA/KATIA CHRISTODOULOU epa06792869
Irish deputy prime minister Simon Coveney is not happy (Picture: EPA)

Brexit has cast uncertainty over how the border will work because the UK and the Republic of Ireland will no longer be in the EU.

This has led to fears violence could return to the region if the Good Friday Agreement was not adhered to.

The EU’s suggested solution to the problem – a common regulatory area for goods and customs with the rest of the EU – has so far been rejected by the UK as ‘annexing’ Northern Ireland.

Theresa May said she did not want to create a border down the Irish Sea and suggested a customs arrangement instead.

But the EU was not keen on this idea.

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