Long past time for British government to get real in Brexit negotiations - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said it is now long past time for the British government to get real in the Brexit negotiations and bring forward credible solutions to avoid a hard border in Ireland.
Martina Anderson said:
"Today's comments by President of the European Council Donald Tusk that there will be no Brexit deal and no transition period unless the British government come up with a solution to the border problem need to be heard loud and clear by Theresa May.
"So far the British government have been attempting to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the border issue and the huge difficulties that placing an EU frontier on the island of Ireland would create.
"But we have been making our voices heard in Europe and the EU is well aware of the concerns around the border and it is long past time the British government got real to those concerns.
"It is now up to the British government to bring forward credible and workable proposals to avoid a hard border, something they have singularly failed to do to date.
"There is an option on the table with the backstop which would avoid a hard border. It would allow the north to remain in the customs union and significant elements of the single market and the EU and the Irish government in particular must now ensure that is maintained and upheld and that the British government are not allowed to renege on the commitments it has entered into."