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Lack of Agreement on Border ‘worrying’ – Cullinane

1 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Brexit David Cullinane has said that Michel Barnier’s comments yesterday show the need for continued vigilance to protect the Good Friday Agreement and to avoid a border on the island of Ireland.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Michel Barnier told the House of Commons NI Committee yesterday that there is no overall agreement on how to avoid a border on the island of Ireland,

“Last week, the British Brexit Secretary David Davies told the NI Committee that there were just three areas of alignment, including agriculture.

“Both comments fly in the face of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's assurances in December that he had a ‘cast-iron guarantee’ that there will be no border post-Brexit.

“It is clear now that the December agreement was a kicking-the-can-down-the-road exercise.

“In the words of the EU commission at the time, it was simply a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’.

“The danger now is that the issue of the North and the border will be allowed to slip off the agenda once the economic and trade interests of the larger EU countries come into play.

“We need to be vigilant end ensure that the current ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ becomes a legal treaty and that designated special status for the North is achieved.” 

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