The host of Question Time asked Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis about how the country will fare in Brexit, with the minister highlighting how it enjoys a unique trade status. Under the Brexit trade deal, Northern Ireland remains part of the EU’s single market, allowing it to trade without restrictions with the rest of the trading bloc, as well as remaining part of the UK. However, social media users were unhappy Mr Lewis’ comments about the single market “opportunity” were “ignored”, and claimed it showed the BBC’s “bias”.
Mr Lewis claimed Northern Ireland has a “unique competitive advantage” because of its twin status as part of the UK and the EU single market.
He said: “The protocol means that as part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland is going to have this unique competitive advantage in the world, in the sense that Northern Ireland will be able to trade in and as part of the United Kingdom, as well as through the single market with the EU.
“That’s going to mean, if you’re a business who deals with the UK and a business who deals with the EU, the place to invest and grow your business is in Northern Ireland.”
After Ms Bruce flagged Northern Ireland’s single market access and alignment with EU regulations would “push them a little closer to Dublin”, Mr Lewis added: “No because you have unfettered access from Northern into Great Britain as well, so you got that ability to trade both ways.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
“I think that gives Northern Ireland a competitive advantage and a huge opportunity.”
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BBC news: Fiona Bruce has been accused of 'bias' against Brexit after skipping over Brandon Lewis' 'opportunity' for Northern Ireland (Image: BBC)
BBC news: Brandon Lewis said Northern Ireland's twin status with the EU and UK is a 'huge opportunity' (Image: BBC)
Twitter users were outraged the “huge opportunity” was not expanded on in the broadcast, with both Brexiteers and Remainers suggesting Ms Bruce skipped over the point.
One said: “We all had this 'huge opportunity with access to the UK and the EU through the single market.'
“A proper journalist would have picked up on this but unfortunately the BBC and Question Time employs Fiona Bruce instead.”