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‘Backstop is only credible option on table’ - O’Neill

20 April, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

The backstop Brexit measure to prevent a hard border in Ireland must be implemented if the British Government continues to fail to produce credible proposals to do so, Sinn Féin deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

Michelle O’Neill was commenting after reports that Theresa May’s proposals have been ‘forensically’ dismissed by the EU as unworkable.

She said: “The Brexit negotiations are reaching a crucial stage and there is just a matter of weeks left to find a solution.

“To date, the British Government have failed to produce anything remotely credible that would avoid a hard border in the event of them leaving the Customs Union and the single market.

“If these latest reports are accurate, it would seem that the EU have strongly rejected the plan set out by Theresa May last month as unworkable.

“If the British Government continue to fail to produce credible and workable proposals to avoid a hard border, and persist with leaving the Customs Union, then the backstop becomes the only possible scenario on the table.

“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 already entered into."

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