Support Dundalk Brexit protest – Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams is urging the people of North Louth and the border region to support next Thursday’s anti-Brexit protest in Dundalk.
The protest will take place in Dundalk square at 3pm on Thursday 28 June.
Teachta Adams said:
“Next Thursday the EU leaders will hold a critical summit which will be dominated by Brexit. Tension over Brexit has increased in recent days with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar accusing the British government of trying to stall progress in the Brexit negotiations and Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator warning that 'serious divergences' remain on how to resolve the threat of a hard border and hard Brexit.
"Last December the Irish people were told that the so-called backstop arrangement was a guarantee that there would be no hard border and that the interests of citizens in the north, the majority of whom voted against Brexit, would be protected.
"We were also told that this agreement would be enshrined in a legal text in March and that the British had to produce firm proposals for the June summit. The Irish government said it wanted “sufficient progress” at next week’s summit.
"None of this has happened. Instead the British government has stalled and prevaricated and failed to produce realistic proposals.
"This is not acceptable. It is also dangerous. The backstop agreement must be written into any withdrawal treaty. The Irish government should be demanding real progress at next week’s summit. The EU must put Ireland – all of Ireland – first and insist that the British present their proposals on time.
"The objective is clear. The north must remain within the Customs Union and the Single Market and the rights of citizens contained in the Good Friday Agreement must be protected. Next week’s EU summit must deliver significant progress. The onus for this falls on the Irish government. It cannot allow the current reckless negotiation process to continue.
"I would appeal to everyone concerned about the dangers posed by Brexit to join Thursday’s protest in Dundalk."