‘Backstop is paramount – not promises to the DUP’ - Ó Muilleoir
The British Government must be held to its commitment to prevent a hard border in Ireland, rather than ‘promises’ to the DUP, Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said.
The party’s Brexit spokesperson was commenting after DUP MP Sammy Wilson accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of breaking promises to the DUP by indicating a willingness to agree new regulatory checks between Britain and Ireland as part of a Brexit backstop.
The South Belfast MLA said:
“The British Government must be held to their commitments to a backstop and no hard border on the island of Ireland agreed to with the EU, rather than promises to the DUP.
“The fact is that Theresa May signed up to the Irish backstop in December and that remains the bottom line in order to prevent a hard border and safeguard our political and economic stability now and for the future.
“It cannot be negotiated downwards. It cannot be watered down or bargained off.
“It must be built on to ensure our rights are protected and translated into legally operable and binding text as part of any withdrawal agreement.
“The integrity of our peace process is at stake and the onus is on the Dublin Government and the EU 27 to ensure there is no resiling from the backstop and no return to a hard border on our island.”