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Hogan shows up the nonsense of Varadkar’s ‘cast-iron’ Brexit guarantee – Cullinane

2 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that the comments from European Commissioner Phil Hogan that a border is ‘inevitable’ if Britain leaves the customs union, shows that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Simon Coveney secured nothing but a fudge for the Irish people in December.

Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Commissioner Hogan said that there a border on the island of Ireland is inevitable if Britain leaves the customs union.

“This will happen regardless of any alignment that is secured in terms of regulations.

“This is in stark contrast to Leo Varadkar's comments in December that he had secured a ‘cast-iron’ guarantee that there would not be a border even if there is a hard Brexit.

“We can now see that promise for the nonsense that is was.

“In the words of the EU Commission itself, it was nothing more than a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ and Commissioner Hogan appears to agree.

“The Taoiseach and his Foreign Affairs Minister need to stop providing paper promises with no substance and start to protect the interests of the people of Ireland, north and south.

“The only practical solution to the border issue is for the north to have designated special status within the EU and for the Good Friday Agreement to be protected in all its parts.

“The sooner that the Government realises this and work towards it, the better.” 

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