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British Brexit plans exposed as unworkable and unrealistic – Adams

31 August, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the British Brexit plans have been exposed as “unworkable and unrealistic”.

The Sinn Féin Leader also said that the Irish government must tackle any attempt by the British Government to undermine the Good Friday Agreement. 

Teachta Adams was speaking following the conclusion of this phase of negotiations on Brexit, he said:

“The fact that no definitive progress has been made in these talks is evidence that the British Brexit plans are unworkable and unrealistic.

“The Irish government should insist that the negotiations are not ready to move to the next stage.

“In the lead up to these negotiations, the British government produced a series of papers that were confused and contradictory. 

“In relation to Ireland, the British Government said it is committed to safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement, opposing an EU Frontier in Ireland, and upholding Irish citizens’ rights. 

“However, the position of the British government on leaving the Customs Union, Single Market, EU Court of Justice, and refusing to deal with the long term future of the European Convention of Human Rights directly contradicts their commitments on Ireland. 

“It appears that in these negotiations the British government have been called out on these contradictions and have failed to bring forward solutions. 

“At the same time, Theresa May has reiterated the nonsense that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, what is clear is that no deal is the worst outcome. 

“What is required is for the North to designated Special Status within the EU to safeguard the rights of citizens, our agreements and our economy.

“This must be the position coming from the EU, and the Irish government must be prepared to tackle any move by the British government that would undermine the Good Friday Agreement which is a binding International Agreement.” 

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