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Government should not get carried away with hype and spin in Brexit talks - David Cullinane TD

9 December, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Brexit Deputy David Cullinane has said it is vital that the Government does not get carried away with hype and spin as tough negotiations on detail are still to come.

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

"The communiqué published yesterday represents a degree of progress. However it is not a legal agreement but a political statement to allow talks proceed to the next stage. It is work in progress.

"It restated previous commitments to protect the Good Friday Agreement, no hard border and protect citizens rights. However it is scant on detail and open to various interpretations.

"The next phase of negotiations are crucial. It is here that a political and legal framework will be worked out. It is vital that the Irish Government remains vigilant. We cannot allow a narrative to take hold that the important issues pertaining to Ireland are solved.

"They are not. They are simply parked with some progress noted and will now form part of wider British and EU talks. There are obvious contradictions and omissions in the communiqué which need to be teased out and agreed.

"For example how is it possible for the North to be taken out of the customs union and single market and in turn avoid a hardening of the border. Does full alignment of regulations cover all areas and what impact will it have on imported goods? Will citizens in the North still have access to European Union courts and will the Good Friday Agreement remain in the legal architecture of the EU?

"As the talks move from phase one to phase two Irish issues will compete for attention with the complex negotiation on a British and EU trade deal. The Irish Government needs to remain focused and grounded as the important detail is negotiated and worked out."

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