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No-deal Brexit 'gift to those who want to return to violence' warns Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary

Tony Lloyd
Tony Lloyd

The Shadow Secretary of State has warned that a no-deal Brexit would give credence to those who wish to return to violence in Northern Ireland.

Tony Lloyd was speaking to BBC NI's Sunday Politics programme ahead of the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool.

He said that if the United Kingdom exits the European Union without an agreement it would be "disastrous for Northern Ireland" and could see a return to the way borders were operated during the Troubles with armed checkpoints.

When challenged that he was scaremongering, Mr Lloyd pointing to comments from PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton who said that the Irish border would be a target for paramilitaries in the event of a hard Brexit.

The veteran Labour MP said it was important that the Good Friday Agreement was protected and that the progress made during the peace process was not lost.

Mr Lloyd also rejected calls for a second Brexit referendum saying that he would prefer a general election to be called.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that he would support a people's vote if party supporters backed the move.

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