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Irish government weakness will lead to a bad deal for Ireland – McDonald

21 April, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and party leader in the North Michelle O’Neill MLA are in London today for a series of meetings on Brexit and to argue the case for designated special status for the North within the EU and to protect Ireland’s economic interests. 

Deputy McDonald said:

“It is now just over a week until the EU Council meets to agree its negotiating guidelines in relation to the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union. 

“There is deep concern that the draft EU Council resolution is so weak in relation to Ireland and, without a major change of approach from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, we are on route to a bad deal for the peace process, a bad deal for our agriculture sector and a bad deal for the wider economy.

“Instead of protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts, avoiding a hardening of the border and protecting the economy the resolution makes a vague reference to the peace process and only deals with existing bilateral agreements and arrangements between Ireland and Britain which are comparable with EU law. 

“The Government needs a reality check. There is no point in touring EU states unless you are going to play the strongest hand possible in the negotiations. Their priority needs to be getting the best possible deal for Ireland and not waiting until it is too late to act.” 

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