Previous agreements need to be safeguarded during Brexit process – Louise O’Reilly TD
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Fingal Louise O’Reilly TD has said that previous agreements in all their parts must be safeguarded during the Brexit process.
Deputy O’Reilly was speaking at the All-Ireland Civil Dialogue this morning, where she highlighted that it is time for the British Government to move beyond the platitudes and promises and deliver a plan for the North of Ireland.
Teachta O’Reilly said;
“Brexit is without precedent in modern times, and in it Ireland holds a unique position, the approach in tackling Brexit must also be unique.
“The British government has said it is committed to protecting the agreements and avoiding a hard border across Ireland.
“Yet, they also maintain that they will leave the Customs Union and the Single Market.
“In the context of Ireland, these are contradictory statements.
“The British Government needs to put meat on the bones of how it plans to protect the North from the effects of a hard Brexit, and offer a strong policy approach that will ensure citizens’ rights are protected and that the majority of people who voted to remain have their voices heard.
“A unique solution must see the North continue its access to European Courts and European Funding programmes.
“This solution must give effect to the rights of Irish Citizens in the North, to the protections and rights of EU citizens elsewhere.
“In any Brexit withdrawal agreement, the North of Ireland must remain within the Customs Union and single market in conjunction with Designated Special Status in the EU. This, with the Good Friday Agreement fully protected in all its parts is a step in the right direction.
“The Irish Government should be prepared to exercise its veto power to prevent Brexit negotiations moving to the next phase until there is clarity and agreement on the issue affecting Ireland.
“Border controls have failed in the past and they will fail again. They will continue to undermine our economy, our people and our agreements.
“When we have clarity and agreement on the issue of the border then we can move on to addressing the equally important matter of East-West Trade.
“We must take an all island approach and act nationally to secure the best deal for all our people, for our agreements and for our economy.”