Theresa May says she is 'committed to dithering' on the Northern Ireland border

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  • Theresa May accidentally commits to continue “dithering” on the Northern Ireland border problem.
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn criticises the government’s “disarray” over Brexit.
  • “Every time the Cabinet meets, all we get is even more bizarre soundbites […] the Prime Minister is incapable of delivering a coherent and decisive plan for Brexit,” he said.
  • May insists there would be no hard border in Ireland and backs Boris Johnson following criticism.

LONDON -Theresa May appeared to accidentally commit to continue “dithering” on the Northern Ireland border on Wednesday.

In an apparent slip of words, the prime minister told the House of Commons she was “absolutely committed to dithering” on the question of how to solve the problem of preventing a hard border with Ireland after Brexit.

May and Corbyn clashed over the issue, after the EU published a draft proposal which could legally keep Northern Ireland in the customs union after Brexit, a move which prompted fury from the government.

May said “no prime minister” could ever accept the deal tabled by the EU – which would see a border emerge between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK – but dodged more detailed questions on the issue.

She also backed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after a leaked letter revealed that he had called on the government to consider re-introducing a hard Irish border.

“The Foreign Secretary and I are absolutely committed to no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland,” she said.

However, she later appeared to misspeak and said she was “absolutely committed to dithering” on the Irish border issue.

Watch May commit to more border “dithering”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn mocked Theresa May’s “disarray” over Brexit during the session.

Corbyn suggested the prime minister was “incapable of delivering a coherent and decisive plan for Brexit.”

“This is a government in disarray,” Corbyn said.

“Every time the Cabinet meets, all we get is even more bizarre soundbites. Remember when we had Brexit means Brexit? Then we had ‘red, white, and blue’ Brexit, […] then we had ‘liberal Brexit,’ and now we have “ambitious managed divergence.

“The government is so divided, the Prime Minister is incapable of delivering a coherent and decisive plan for Brexit,” he said.

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