Irish Government must hold firm on Border and Good Friday Agreement - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Brexit David Cullinane has called on the Irish Government to hold firm on protecting the Good Friday Agreement and ensuring there is no hardening of the border in crucial Brexit talks.
Deputy Cullinane was responding to speculation that the EU and Britain have reached agreement on the Brexit financial settlement.
Speaking this evening, Deputy Cullinane said:
"It is vital that the Irish Government keeps its eye firmly on the ball as Brexit talks enter a crucial phase. Protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and ensuring there is no EU frontier on the Island of Ireland is vital to the future of our Island.
"The British Government must bring forward firm proposals on how they will avoid a hardening of the border and protecting the GFA. To date they have not done so.
"It is vital that the Irish Government does accept any fudge on issues pertaining to Ireland. We cannot allow the future of our island to be sidelined or sacrificed simply to allow wider talks to begin.
"Talks of a parallel process bears all the hallmarks of a fudge. The time to deal with the border, citizens rights and protecting the Good Friday Agreement is now and the Irish Government must exercise its veto if necessary."