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Government should have "no hand act or part" in assisting introduction of hard border after Brexit - Carthy

9 October, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that the Irish Government should have no “hand, act or part” in reconstructing a hard border on the island of Ireland”.

Speaking from Brussels today, after it emerged that a report by Irish Revenue Commissioners has outlined proposals for additional customs staff and infrastructure as a result of Brexit, Matt Carthy said:

“Under no circumstances should any Irish Government have any hand, act or part in assisting the British to reimpose an unwanted, hard border on the island of Ireland.

“Any such move would be an act of sabotage against the Irish economy and a betrayal of the interests of Irish citizens.

“It would also amount to a shameful denial of the democratic rights of people on the North of Ireland to remain, as they wish, in the European Union.

“It would undermine the Irish Government’s responsibilities as a joint guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.

“In my view the Government should not accept any report from any agency which advocates Irish involvement in reconstructing a hard border on this island.”

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