'˜Vicky Pollard' approach to Irish border future - Kelly

The man who led the EU referendum Remain campaign in Northern Ireland has told a Derry debate there seems to be a '˜Vicky Pollard' approach to the future of the Irish border.

Tuesday, 16th August 2016, 9:04 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:00 pm
There has been a 'Vicky Pollard yes no maybe but' effect among politicians as to what will hapen to Ireland's border, those attending the debate were told.

Tom Kelly, who led the successful ‘Stronger In’ campaign in the North, referenced the ‘Little Britain’ character saying that politicians didn’t seem to know what the border will be like once the UK exits from the European Union.

He told those gathered for the Gasyard Feile Brexit debate at Pilot’s Row: “It’s the ‘Vicky Pollard effect’ as it is known in Britain- the yes, no maybe, but- they don’t know what kind of controls are going to happen on the border. There will be border controls, what shape they take, I don’t know.”

He added: “The key thing for us, for Northern Ireland, given our reliance on Europe, is access to the single market- that impacts on 56% of business north and south. It’s too much to risk and it’s even more to risk when you are trading with the rest of Europe.”