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Government must hold the line on Brexit – Cullinane

11 April, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that the British government must be challenged on its complete lack of awareness of the effect of Brexit on the island of Ireland, and that now is not the time to placate Tory ministers.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“David Davis’s remarks regarding the North and Brexit shows once again that domestic matters continue to drive Tory policy on Brexit, not future solutions.

“His attempt to deflect his responsibility, and the responsibility of the British government, to come to a workable solution that avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland will not wash.

“Davis says he agrees in principle with the Brexit draft agreement protocol to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts; he just doesn't agree with it in practice.

“It needs to be said, however, that the Irish government will be under enormous pressure to accept whatever agreement is put on the table by the time it comes around.

“The hope is that it will be enough to avoid a hard border - but that itself is not guaranteed.

“The danger is that the issue of the North and the border will be allowed to slip off the agenda once the economic and trade interests of the larger EU countries come into play.

“We need to be vigilant end ensure that the current protocol becomes a fully legal document, and that designated special status for the North is achieved.

“The latest attempt by Davis and the Tories to muddy the waters must not be allowed to stand.

“The Irish government needs to ensure that the interests of the people of Ireland are protected.” 

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