Kerry ‘terrorist sympathiser’: MP

Posted By: February 27, 2016

Irish News (Belfast). Saturday, February 27, 2016
US secretary of state John Kerry was a “terrorist sympathiser” who blocked the deportation of IRA activists and should not be trusted when calling for Britain to remain in the EU, an MP has said.

Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg, who wants the UK to leave the EU, said Mr Kerry “held up” an extradition treaty in the 1980s which would have allowed prosecution of the activists in Northern Ireland.

The Eurosceptic politician said Mr Kerry claimed the north’s justice system did not work effectively.

The North East Somerset MP said Mr Kerry was “no friend of Britain” and urged MPs to ignore his comments stating the UK has a “profound interest” in staying in the EU.

Mr Rees-Mogg was speaking during the second reading of the EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill.

“The person representing the United States government who has called for us to stay is John Kerry, a former senator, who in the 1980s showed himself to be no friend of the United Kingdom but a sympathiser with the IRA, when he held up a treaty allowing for the deportation of IRA activists from the United States to the United Kingdom, saying that the justice system in Northern Ireland didn’t work effectively,” he said.

“He is no friend of Britain and has been in the past a sympathiser with terrorists.”