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Taoiseach should not get carried away by Donald Tusk’s nice words - Gerry Adams TD

2 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Commenting today ahead of a meeting the Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle in Dublin, party President Gerry Adams TD said;

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar should not get carried away by the nice words of Donald Tusk or by his assertion that any offer by the British government on border would be unacceptable to the EU if it is unacceptable to Ireland.

Mr Adams added;

“While such language is welcome, the Taoiseach should make it clear to the European Council President that Ireland’s interests will only be protected and advanced by all parts of the island staying within EU.

“Mr Tusk has also said  that he accepts that British state is leaving and the southern Irish State is remaining.

“So the reality is that the EU and Mr Tusk would expect the southern Irish state, as the EU frontier state, to police whatever Brexit border arrangement is agreed with the British government. This would have devastating consequences for the political, social and economic future of our island.

“The only acceptable arrangement is for the North to remain part of the European Union under a designated special status. The Taoiseach should be advocating this position strongly and he should be prepared to use his veto in defence of the island of Ireland’s interests.”

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