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May’s speech fails to deliver or impress – Adams

22 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on the speech by the British Prime Minister Theresa May in Italy today said:

“The British Prime Ministers speech failed to provide any of the certainty she spoke of on the main issues confronting the EU and British negotiators. It was nothing but the same old story. It failed to deliver or impress.

“On the three main areas under discussion at this time, there was nothing new. Ms May repeated the same platitudes and language on the Good Friday Agreement and the border that she has used for almost a year. There was no hard proposal or detail. On the issue of EU citizen’s rights, which include all those living in the North, the British PM reiterated her total opposition to any real role for the European Court of Justice. And she did not deal in any meaningful way with the issue of the settlement Bill. 

“On the basis of today’s speech and in the absence of any substantial progress toward a resolution of these three key issues, the Irish government should oppose any move toward the next phase of negotiations on trade at the October EU Summit.

“In defence of the economies of this island, the government should insist on special designated status for the North as a way of keeping the island of Ireland within the Single Market and Customs Union.

“It should also insist, as one way of defending the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement, that the Good Friday Agreement will be included as a Protocol in the withdrawal treaty. This would provide legal protection for the Agreement following Brexit.” 

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