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Irish Government “far too passive” on Brexit challenge - Matt Carthy MEP

28 July, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has accused the Irish Government of being too passive in its approach to Brexit and the implications for Ireland following contradictory reports today on the Government’s position.

Matt Carthy said:

“A report this morning suggested that an Irish Sea border was being sought by Dublin as the preferred outcome in the Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union.

“Subsequently Simon Coveney claimed this was not the Government’s position and that it was up to the British Government to come up with solutions. 

“That is not good enough. The Irish Government must be proactive on this issue, which is now the most important challenge facing the island of Ireland.

"They are being far too passive on this issue and suggesting that the British take the lead is an abdication of responsibility.

“The Government’s refusal to support special designated status within the EU for the North underlines this passive approach.

"Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney need to robustly defend the democratic decision of people in the North to remain within the EU.

“They also need to defend the island economy and welfare of our citizens.

"The implications from Brexit for jobs and investment for the island as a whole and especially for the border region and the North are huge.

"It is crucial that the whole island remains within the Single Market and the Customs Union.

“Designated special status for the North within the EU offers is the best way to meet these challenges.

"The majority of TDs and the majority of MLAs in the North support special designated status.

"The Irish Government needs now to pursue this objective at EU level.”

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