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UK: Hunt compares EU with 'Soviet prison' at Conservative conference01:45

UK: Hunt compares EU with 'Soviet prison' at Conservative conference

United Kingdom, Birmingham
October 1, 2018 at 14:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt drew a comparison between the European Union and a Soviet prison, speaking at a Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Sunday.

"It was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving and the lesson from history is clear: if you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out of it won't diminish it will grow - and we won't be the only prisoner that will want to escape," UK's foreign secretary said.

He went on by adding that if the European Union rejects "the hand of friendship offered by our prime minister," it will be "a holly avoidable tragedy for Europe."

With regard to EU's plan for Northern Ireland to avoid a hard border with Ireland, Hunt referenced former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher uttering the words: "No, no, no."

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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt drew a comparison between the European Union and a Soviet prison, speaking at a Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Sunday.

"It was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving and the lesson from history is clear: if you turn the EU club into a prison, the desire to get out of it won't diminish it will grow - and we won't be the only prisoner that will want to escape," UK's foreign secretary said.

He went on by adding that if the European Union rejects "the hand of friendship offered by our prime minister," it will be "a holly avoidable tragedy for Europe."

With regard to EU's plan for Northern Ireland to avoid a hard border with Ireland, Hunt referenced former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher uttering the words: "No, no, no."

Mandatory Credit: ITN News

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