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Loose talk from Taoiseach let's Tories off the hook - David Cullinane TD

25 April, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has said today that loose talk from the Taoiseach where he hinted that agreement on the legal text of a backstop could be extended out till October had let Theresa May and the Tory Party off the hook.

Deputy Cullinane said;

"In December last year the British government and the EU signed a political agreement.

"This agreement proposed a backstop arrangement for Ireland that signalled a degree of progress.

"However, it lacked detail and included a crucial line that nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.

"The Taoiseach, however, oversold the agreement, describing it as "cast-iron" and "bullet-proof". 

"Ever since the agreement has become bogged down in contradictions and claim and counter-claims.

"The British Prime Minister has rejected out of hand proposals from the EU Commission to translate the gentlemen's agreement into a legal text.

"There is a growing frustration in Ireland and i n Europe that months on from this agreement no real progress has been made.

"The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has demanded substantive progress to be made in advance of the June council meeting.

"The Taoiseach hinted recently that this June deadline could be allowed slip till October.

"This was manna from heaven for the hard brexiteers.

"The Irish people need certainty and clarity on how the back-stop arrangement will be translated ito law. We cannot wait until October and both the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste must be at one on this issue.

"Sinn Féin for our part will judge any agreement on what it delivers and not on what it promises and we see the June deadline for real and substantial progress as one that must be met."

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