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‘Brexit negotiations can’t resume until ‘guarantees’ are honoured – Anderson

13 February, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

The British Government is attempting to renege on its commitment to prevent a hard border in Ireland and the EU should insist Brexit negotiations cannot move to the next phase until they do so, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

“The British Government Brexit negotiation process is in chaos,” Martina Anderson commented.

“Back in December, Sinn Féin said we did not accept what An Taoiseach and the Tánaiste welcomed as cast-iron guarantees from the British Government regarding the impact of Brexit on Ireland. 

“We warned that duplicity would kick in and that is exactly what we are now witnessing as the British Government attempts to renege on those so-called guarantees.

“An Taoiseach should now not embroil himself in a process with the British Government as that would only necessitate a downward negotiation of the December position.

“He needs to stand over the December commitments. That means no physical border or border checks and no new regulatory barriers on the island; full realignment that support north south cooperation, the all island economy and protections of the Good Friday Agreement; and no diminution of Rights that comes with EU citizenship

“The Taoiseach should stand firm in defence of the rights and wishes of citizens in the North. So should the EU by making clear that it will only trigger phase two of the negotiations when the ‘commitments’ given by the British Government regarding Ireland are guaranteed.”

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