Ben Habib erupts in furious Brexit clash with arch Remainer Femi over Northern Ireland

Brexit: Ben Habib urges Remainers to back 'British project'

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In a furious Twitter spat, the former Brexit Party MEP reminded the political commentator of the difference between Brexit and the withdrawal agreement. In response to comments made by former Labour MP Kate Hoey, concerning Northern Ireland, Femi claimed Brexiteers were lied to and did not fully understand the UK’s exit. In response, Mr Habib said: “There is a difference between Brexit and the Withdrawal Agreement. They are not synonymous.

“It may be beyond you to grasp that but hey ho.

“The WA is awful. It breaches the Belfast Agreement.”

In response, Femi claimed Brexit and the imposition of the withdrawal agreement are one in the same “because that’s what ends our participation in the EU treaties”.

However, in a brutal put-down, Mr Habib said: “Brexit was a decision to leave the EU.

“The mechanism used was the withdrawal agreement. As a lawyer you should be able to grasp the difference.

“The withdrawal agreement is rubbish, mostly as a result of Remainer spoiling tactics.”

The withdrawal agreement was signed by the EU and UK last January and set out the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc.

Within the withdrawal agreement, was the Northern Ireland protocol which has sparked concern from many Brexiteers.

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Since the UK left the EU, the Northern Ireland protocol has been enacted to maintain the flow of goods between Great Britain and Ireland.

However, as many businesses have experienced, trade to Northern Ireland has been severely hit post-January 1.

Due to the increased number of customs checks, many businesses have experienced difficulties while the UK Government has asked for the amnesty on goods flowing between Northern Ireland Great Britain, to be extended beyond April.

Many Brexiteers have criticised the protocol as it keeps Northern Ireland within the EU’s single market and certain customs union checks.

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Due to this, it has led to claims that Northern Ireland has been left behind and separate from the rest of the UK.

Indeed, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is set to meet his EU counterpart, Maros Sefcovic on Thursday to discuss the protocol.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Gove had warned significant changes must be made to the protocol in order to resolve the issues surrounding trade.

However, in response, Mr Sefcovic claimed the UK was not implementing elements of the agreement properly.

He also insisted no changes could be made to the protocol and it must be implemented in order to maintain the peace process.

Mr Sefcovic said: “The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union, its single market and its customs union presents unique and significant challenges for the island of Ireland.

“The protocol is the solution agreed by the UK and the EU to these challenges: it is the only way to protect the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement, preserving peace and stability and avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“It is designed to ensure clarity and predictability for people and businesses, while minimising the disruption inevitably caused by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

“It is a balanced outcome after years of difficult negotiations and is now our mutually agreed legal obligation.

“I therefore agree that our shared objective is to work tirelessly in order to make the protocol work. It requires full and faithful implementation by both parties.

“The Union’s commitment to the objectives of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, as a cornerstone of both the Withdrawal Agreement and the relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom, is unwavering.”

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