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Government must not allow Brexit Border question to be kicked down the road – Cullinane

19 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that he is worried by reports that the EU Commission is ready to once again fudge the issue of the Irish border and that the Irish government must not allow this to happen again.

The Waterford TD said:

“The Irish border is not a political football, nor can it be treated as such.

“Reports have emerged that the EU and Britain have agreed a protocol that will kick in if Britain leaves the customs union and single market.

“However, this protocol will exist outside of the final agreement and will apply only to certain areas covered by the Good Friday Agreement.

“We know from Michel Barnier and from EU Commissioner Phil Hogan that anything short of a full customs union will result on a border on the island of Ireland.

“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.

“I call on Taoiseach Varadkar and Tánaiste Coveney to stand firm, to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and to ensure there is no return to a border on this island.

“This means, in practical terms, the north staying in the customs union and single market, both the Assembly and the Good Friday Agreement staying in the legal framework of the European Union and the European courts, as well as the protection of the rights of citizens and people who live in the north of Ireland who are Irish and European citizens and who should be able to enjoy the same level of rights after Brexit.

“The sooner the Government realises this and works towards it, the better.” 

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