Hoey says Remainers are ‘not patriotic’... but she could yet vote against Brexit deal

PUBLISHED: 10:04 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 13 November 2018

Kate Hoey MP and Nigel Farage at a Leave Means Leave rally in Bolton Photo: PA / Peter Byrne

Kate Hoey MP and Nigel Farage at a Leave Means Leave rally in Bolton Photo: PA / Peter Byrne

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Brexiteer Kate Hoey has infuriated Remainers by saying that they are “more patriotic to the EU than their own country”

The Labour Leave MP made the claim in a row between herself and Lord Adonis during an LBC radio debate which also featured journalist Ian Dunt and former UKIP spokeswoman Suzanne Evans.

As Adonis explained that the best course of action to avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a People’s Vote he was accused by the Brexiteers of being a “sore loser”.

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He said: “I think there should be a second referendum, the People’s Vote. And whatever is the best offer that the people who want to Leave can put.

“The fact of the matter is we will have to make a decision as a country and it looks as if it is not going to be possible for parliament to reach that decision.”

But Hoey, who represents a constituency that voted 77.6% to Remain, said: “We passed a motion, we gave over the mandate to the people on this issue and the people voted to Leave, Andrew.

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“The problem with some of the things you’re saying, it’s being listened to with glee in the European Union.”

She continued: “Who are actually now seeing it as a way ‘well actually we don’t need to compromise too much because there’s all those people in England who actually seem to be more patriotic to the EU than they’re to their own country’.”

Journalist Ian Dunt interjected to point out her claim was unjust.

“That’s not quite acceptable what you have just said. When you do that in a rather subtle way you start to suggest that Remainers and those who are critical of Brexit are somehow not patriotic towards their country.”

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“And starting to go ‘you’re in a league with Brussels to undermine the will of the British people’ is frankly beneath you.”

Despite her suggestion that Remainers are working against the country, Hoey has also admitted she could vote down the government on the final Brexit deal. She has claimed that the government has pandered to the Irish government on the matter.

Writing for LabourList she said: “Our UK government claims to be maintaining the moral high ground on these issues, but the question arises: how long does the UK keep to the moral high ground when dealing with an Irish government that is taking our goodwill for granted?”

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