Good Friday Agreement under threat from Brexit – Adams
Commenting on this morning’s remarks by Tory government Minister David Davies, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has warned that Brexit threatens the Good Friday Agreement and range of human rights safeguards and legislative measures which are intended to ensure equality of treatment and parity of esteem.
The Sinn Féin leader also said that Mr. Davies remarks are a direct challenge to the Irish government and to the negotiating stance that was outlined by Michel Barnier when he visited Dublin last week.
Gerry Adams said:
“This morning, the British Minister responsible for Brexit, David Davies, asserted that Britain will not accept any rulings by the European Court of Justice. He also dismissed the Irish government and EU Council’s negotiating sequence as laid out recently in the Brexit guidelines and by Michel Barnier last week in the Oireachtas.
“Mr. Davies made it clear that he does not accept that the first items to be resolved are the border and the divorce bill for Britain. Very specifically, he was disparaging toward any suggestion that a deal on the border could be agreed before the issue of the single market, the customs union, and a future free trade deal between the EU and Britain was agreed.
“These remarks emphasis the need for the Irish government to urgently press the European Council to secure for the North special designated status within the EU. Without that protection, the effect of Brexit on the North’s economy and, in particular, our agricultural and agri-food sectors will be enormous. The Border region will be especially hard hit and the fundamental human rights guarantees of the Good Friday Agreement will be significantly undermined.
“The Irish government is a co-equal guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement. It must fulfil its responsibility to defend the Agreement and to defend the decision of the people of the North in the referendum last year to remain within the EU.”