EU Council Brexit negotiations guidelines demonstrate Taoiseach’s failure - Gerry Adams TD
Speaking at a party meeting in Ballyfermot today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said the EU Council’s draft Brexit negotiations guidelines demonstrate the failure of Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s approach.
Teachta Adams said the veto that Spain has managed to achieve in relation to Gibraltar is the type of commitment that Enda Kenny should have asked for, for Ireland.
Speaking today Gerry Adams said;
“The British government is seeking to impose Brexit against the will of the people in the north and without any care or consideration of its impact across Ireland.
“Brexit will be bad for our economy, jobs and trade. It has the potential to impose an EU frontier on the island of Ireland and undermines the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.
“To date we have heard promises from Enda Kenny, of an understanding at EU level, and shared approach with the British Government.
“The letter triggering Article 50 and the EU Council draft negotiation guidelines demonstrates the failure of Mr Kenny’s approach.
“The EU draft is vague and conditional. Much clearer commitments are required.
“Spain has achieved greater negotiation leverage on the issue of Gibraltar with a veto, than Enda Kenny achieved for Ireland.
“Article 22 is clear and definitive.
"After the Britain leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the British Government may apply to the territory of Gibraltar without the agreement between Spain and the British Government.
“This is the type of veto the Taoiseach should have asked for, for Ireland.
“An explicit commitment for the north to be designated special status within the EU is needed.”