Theresa May speech ‘high on rhetoric but short on detail’ – Cullinane
Responding to the speech from British Prime Minister Theresa May this afternoon, Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD said the speech did not address the problem for Ireland and called on the Irish Government to ensure that the next phase of discussions do not proceed before the issues relating to Ireland are sufficiently addressed.
Teachta Cullinane said:
“Theresa May’s Brexit speech today is high on rhetoric, but short on detail. It does not address the problems for Ireland.
“The British Government needs to realise that there can be no better and brighter future for people in Ireland if the North is taken out of EU and of the Customs Union.
“The British government has published papers on Ireland which have not addressed the key issues of avoiding a border, citizens’ rights, and protecting the Good Friday Agreement.
“It is deeply disappointing that the issues in relation to Ireland have not moved on in any substantial way.
“Instead, they have adopted a head in the sand approach and worse still, cynically used the unique circumstances in Ireland to try to gain advantage on wider issues.
“It is clear that Brexit is bad for Ireland.
“There is no good Brexit for the Irish economy, north and south.
“Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement.
“If Theresa May and the Tories have their way, the north of Ireland will be taken out of the European Union, the Customs Union, and the Single Market against its will.
“The Good Friday Agreement is an international agreement that is underpinned by the EU status of the north.
“Sinn Féin’s position is clear; the entire island of Ireland must remain within the European Union and the Good Friday Agreement must be protected, in all its parts, by the European Union.
“This can be achieved through special designated status for the north within the European Union.
“This must involve the north staying in the Customs Union and the Single Market, the Good Friday Agreement incorporated as a protocol in the final withdrawal agreement, and the rights of the EU citizens in the north respected and vindicated.
“The Irish government must make it crystal clear that there can be no moving to the next phase of discussions until the issues relating to Ireland are sufficiently resolved.
“Sinn Féin will continue to stand up for the interests of the people of Ireland north and south.”