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Tory Leadership battles cannot be allowed to damage Ireland post-Brexit – Cullinane

9 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that the border and the Good Friday Agreement are serious issues that cannot be shelved while the Theresa May works out who is in charge of the Tory party. 

Speaking following the comments of Theresa May in Westminster, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Brexit remains the greatest threat to our economy, our agreements, and the rights of our citizens. 

“Through this whole debacle, Ireland has been treated as collateral damage, as Theresa May tries to cling to power in Westminster. 

“To date, there has been no meaningful progress in the talks between the British government and the EU and the talks cannot move on to the next phase.

“The British Prime minister is now trying to move the blame for her own government’s failure on to the EU.

“This is desperate attempt to have Brexit on the British government’s terms and not on the needs of the people and the economy. 

“Ms May seems determined to continue with fantasy that no deal is better than a bad deal. Any objective commentator recognises that no deal is actually the worst possible outcome. 

“It is acknowledged that Ireland is unique and requires a unique solution. We believe that the north should be designated special status within the EU and this must include continued membership of the customs union and the single market

“The Irish government must be make clear that they are prepared to exercise their veto to move on the next phase of talks unless significant progress is made in this round of talks to protect our economy, our agreements and the rights of citizens.

“Theresa May’s renewed calls for ‘creative solutions’ comes 7 months into a 24 month process. What Ireland needs and what the Irish government must fight for is the island of Ireland to remain within the EU and the Good Friday Agreement in its totality within the EU.” 

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