Taoiseach must stand firm for Ireland on Brexit – Gerry Adams TD
Speaking from Dundalk this morning in advance of the meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and EU Council President Donald Tusk, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said;
“Over the past week the British government and the DUP have increased the pressure on the Taoiseach to move the Brexit negotiations onto Trade without the necessary clarity and certainty on the future impact on Ireland North and South.
“They are demanding that the Irish Government set aside the Good Friday Agreement, the rights of citizens and the interests of the economy in exchange for vague promises and broad principles.
“This is hollow positioning from the DUP who will not act against a British government that is desperate for a trade deal. Neither of these represents the majority of people in the North who voted to remain.
“Yesterday in the Dáil, Simon Coveney said there could be no 'creative ambiguity' on the issue. Today he spoke of the need to “agree the parameters” for dealing with the issue. The Irish government position is sending out mixed messages.
“What is now required is clarity that there will be no Brexit border imposed on Ireland and certainty that the Good Friday Agreement, North-South Co-operation and the rights of Citizens will be fully safeguarded. The way is to achieve this is for the North to be Designated Special Status with European Union.
“The test for the Taoiseach is to stand up for our national interests, to stand up for our agreements and stand up for the rights of Irish citizens. The Taoiseach cannot bend to the pressure of the British government and the DUP.”