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Government must stand firm against the narrow interests of the DUP and English Tories on Brexit – Adams

5 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions today in the Dáil, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD told An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that he must stand firm against the narrow interests of the DUP and the English Tories on Brexit.

Teachta Adams was addressing the collapse of a supposed agreement between the British Government and the European Union yesterday on Brexit issues relating to the island of Ireland.

Teachta Adams said:

“We have always said that the DUP deal with the Tories would end in tears.  However, we should not underestimate the consequences of that deal. It has been played out in Stormont and yesterday in Brussels.

“More enlightened members of the DUP know that a special arrangement needs to be struck for the North. The DUP knows that this is not a case of Orange versus Green. We should not underestimate the contrariness of some of their leaders.

“Despite this, all of us, who live on this island collectively, including the DUP, must protect each other and plan intelligently for a future for everyone.”

Teachta Adams urged the Taoiseach to seek an agreement that provides for the North to remain within the Customs Union and the Single Market and which ensures that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all of its parts, saying:

“Your Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney correctly argued that Ireland cannot afford to take a leap into the dark.

“The only way to avoid that is for there to be absolute clarity and certainty about the entire island staying in the Customs Union and the Single Market.

“Can you also guarantee that your government will not accept any agreement that doesn’t have the legal and political infrastructure of the Good Friday Agreement hard-wired into it?” 

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