Former WTO director mimes a unicorn behind Iain Duncan-Smith’s back
- Credit: Archant
The former director general of the World Trade Organisation Pascal Lamy has criticised Iain Duncan-Smith's 'confused' view on Brexit.
Lamy said that the former Conservative leader was guilty of 'pie in the sky' thinking and even went as far as mimicking a unicorn behind his back.
The expert made the response in reaction to the Brexiteer's claims that he could solve the Irish border with his own plan.
'The truth is you could get this deal through if the EU and the UK were prepared to agree to the alternative arrangements on the Irish border which allowed you to have no fixed border.
'Now these have been worked through, they have been proposed but the government has never put them to them [the EU]. I spent two hours talking with Mr Barnier the other day, they all know this is where it is going to have to be, because the existing backstop does not work in practice.'
You may also want to watch:
He continued: 'The reality is doing this will get the agreement through.'
However expert Lamy politely pointed out that as a former director of WTO and a former EU official he may know a few things more about the matter than the MP.
- 1 The true cost of Brexit is becoming clearer
- 2 Where the fires of Brexit still burn fiercest
- 3 Be careful what you wish for... voting reform could kill Labour
- 4 Boris Johnson's awkward moment with the Queen
- 5 Amazon order shows how we're all paying the price for Brexit
- 6 How the Kominsky Method grapples with growing old
- 7 MATT FREI: Brexit posed a question... and we haven't even begun to answer it
- 8 Brexiteers propose return of imperial measurements in report on reducing 'red tape'
- 9 PMQs: Ian Blackford drops truth bomb over post-Brexit trade deal with Australia
- 10 Biden is trying to remake the West - and Boris Johnson is in his way
He told Duncan-Smith: 'This notion that exiting the internal market complies with no border in Ireland is pie in the sky.
'With respect I was director general of the WTO for eight years of my life, which has something to do with customs procedures.
'There is no way that you can exit the internal market without a border.'
Lamy continued to roll his eyes as Iain Duncan-Smith insisted: 'I never said it was going to be simple but... it could have been a lot easier.'
The expert told the Brexiteer: 'This is a total confusion which, by the way, exists on the Labour side too.'
The video has become a talking point on social media as a stark reminder of just how clueless the leading Brexiteers appear when put up against experts.
Stephen Everson said: 'Thus is IDS' understanding of Brexit possibilities perfectly indicated by Pascal Lamy's knowledgeable reaction. The history of Brexit represented by one hand gesture. Complacency generates bewildered ridicule.'
SNP MP Angus MacNeil said: 'Pascal Lamy's hand signals on Brexit are best comment yet on crazy Brexit - deserves to go viral and repeated in Commons.'
Journalist Jon Snow tweeted: 'How to get Pascal Lamy to giggle: Allow Ian Duncan-Smith to talk borders!'
It is not the first intervention Lamy has made in the Brexit debate.
He previously said that Brexit made 'no sense' and compared a no-deal Brexit to 'jumping off the cliff without a parachute'.
He said: 'What would be the sense of having a regulation for 60 million people when the world is moving to zones who have regulations for 500 million or 600 million people? It makes no sense.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.