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Kenny and Flanagan being “led by the nose” by Tories on Brexit - Matt Carthy MEP

30 November, 2016 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan are being “led by the nose” by Tory Brexiteers regarding the effects on Ireland of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

His remarks follow reports of comments by the North’s First Minister that the British Government is developing a proposal that would see the British border including the 26 Counties, in a post-Brexit scenario.

Matt Carthy said:

“According to reports of an interview by the BBC with Arlene Foster, she has said that the British Government is focussed on using the Common Travel Area as the effective British border, post-Brexit.

“Effectively this would mean shifting the frontline of post-Brexit, British immigration controls to Ireland’s ports and airports. That is unacceptable.

“We cannot have a situation where Ireland is used to enforce right-wing Tory immigration policy.

“What is clear from media reports today is that British Tories are in the driving seat regarding the impact of Brexit on the island of Ireland, North and South.

“The question has to be asked - where is the Irish Government in all of this? Where are the proposals from Enda Kenny about Ireland’s position in the post-Brexit scenario?

“Mr Kenny and his Government are fumbling about in the dark on the major challenges that Brexit presents to Ireland.

“It seems clear to me that Enda Kenny and Charlie Flanagan are allowing the British Government to dictate the pace.

“This is risking the interests of Irish citizens in the North, and businesses, farmers and communities along the border.

“The Irish Government must stop being led by the nose by the Tory Brexiteers on this issue and start putting Irish interests first.”


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