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No EU frontier in Ireland post-Brexit – Cullinane

25 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Speaking following reports of the meeting between British Prime minister Theresa May and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in London, Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD said there has not been enough progress made on the two key issues of protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and avoiding a border on the island of Ireland.

Deputy Cullinane continued by saying that “the Taoiseach should be prepared to use the government veto on moving on to trade talks unless the  British government needs to come up with detailed plans to protect the agreements and ensure that there is no EU frontier across Ireland”.

The Waterford TD said:

“Last week in Florence, we got platitudes and promises but no detail on how Britain proposes to honour its commitments while pressing ahead with Brexit.

“Brexit will have a detrimental impact on all Ireland. It has the potential undermine the Good Friday and other agreements, undermine the rights of Irish Citizens in the North and undermine our economy north and south.

“While talks have reconvened in Brussels, there has not been enough progress made on the two key issues of protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and avoiding a border on the island of Ireland.

“It is worrying that the Irish government, the EU, and Britain are now all talking about avoiding a ‘physical border’ on the island rather than avoiding border checks of any kind.

“Border checks of any kind on the island, be they of goods, services, or passports must not be countenanced in any way

“The way forward is clear. All parties agree on the unique circumstances of Ireland and all parties state they are committed to protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts. 

“In defence of the economies of this island, the Irish 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. The rights of all EU citizens in the north must be protected.

“The Taoiseach should be prepared to use the government veto on moving on to trade talks unless the  British government needs to come up with detailed plans to protect the agreements and ensure that there is no EU frontier across Ireland.” 

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