No clarity for Ireland in Theresa May’s speech - David Cullinane TD
Responding to Theresa May’s speech in Munich today Sinn Féin spokesperson on Brexit David Cullinane TD said we are entering into a crucial phase of negotiations and that the Irish Government needs to be ‘robust and assertive’ in protecting Ireland’s interests.
He said Brexit was bad for Ireland and no paper backstop agreement will protect the Good Friday Agreement or avoid a hardening of the border.
Speaking after a meeting of the party’s Ard Comhairle today Deputy Cullinane said:
“Theresa May’s speech today was underwhelming. It provides little clarity for Ireland and reinforces a view that she is leading a divided party pandering to hard Brexiteers.
“If Britain and the North leave the Customs Union and single market it will be impossible to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts. It will also be impossible to avoid a hardening of the border in Ireland irrespective of regulatory alignment in certain areas.
“The Tories are divided on what type of final deal they want. Theresa May’s approach is self serving and designed to placate hard Brexiteers. She is weak and indecisive and this is causing confusion. Her government is in bed with the DUP in Westminster and as such it is not focused on protecting Ireland against a hardening of the border.
“Sinn Féin’s position is clear and consistent. The vote of the North on Brexit must be respected. The North must stay in the Customs Union and single market and the GFA must remain in the legal architecture of the EU.
“The rights of Irish and EU citizens in the North must be fully respected. This presents challenges for the Irish Government. They must rise above Tory divisions and ensure the interests of all the Irish people North and South are protected in full.”