Baileys 'in jeopardy' over Brexit, MP warns
An MP has said the production of popular Christmas tipple Baileys is in jeopardy because of Brexit.
In a late night speech during a debate on the EU withdrawal bill, Labour's Mike Gapes described the many risks there were to business on the island of Ireland because of the UK's impending exit from the EU.
MP Mike Gapes was part of the Good Friday Agreement negotiations in the late 1990s and said the ramifications of Brexit had threatened the peace accord as well as trading relations on the island.
He said: "The reality is that we have fields on both sides of the border, cows that move backwards and forwards, farmhouses that are divided and institutional structures such as the veterinary organisations.
"We have the milk that is taken from cows in the south and cows in the north, put together in the same factory, mixed together with whiskey, and comes out as Baileys, which is then marketed as an Irish whiskey derivative, and there is an all-Ireland trade arrangement on that basis. Similarly, with tourism, Northern Ireland and the Republic are promoted together globally.
"We are putting all this in jeopardy — putting it all at risk."
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He added: "We have to understand how difficult it was to get the Good Friday agreement and how not necessarily just the reality of the economics, but the symbolism of the politics will come back, and people will have to think about their differences rather than what unites them."
The pro-European Ilford South member also stressed to the house that the DUP did not speak for the whole of Northern Ireland.