May's Brexit vision a mess of blind eyes and unicorns - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD has said today that the EU's utter rejection of British proposals for the North post-Brexit was the only sensible option open to it and that the Irish government must stop fooling itself that the Tories have a plan on the table.
Deputy Cullinane said:
"The EU's rejection of British proposals for a frictionless border is the only sensible thing that has emerged from the latest round of negotiations regarding the North post-Brexit.
"The Tories put their faith in a technological solution if Britain remains outside of the customs union and single market.
"Sinn Féin has always said that such proposals were utterly useless and unworkable.
"Reports today suggest that EU negotiators have dismissed British plans as a 'fantasy island unicorn model' - one that was based on the EU 'turning a blind eye.'
"The fact remains that if the North leaves the customs union and single market, and it no longer remains under the EU legal framework, there will be border checks.
"This is why Sinn Féin has consistently called for the North to have a form of special status within the EU if Britain leaves the customs union and single market.
"This is the only practical solution. There is no technological 'fix' for the issue of the north post-Brexit.
“The rejection of the British Government proposals show once again that the ‘cast iron’ guarantee the Taoiseach claimed to have in the bag was nothing more than a hollow political promise to allow the British move onto phase two of the negotiations.
"There are no guarantees. The negotiations are ongoing. Complacency is not an option.
"The Taoiseach needs to stop cosying up to his ideological brethren in the British Tory party in the hope that they will do him a favour.
"We need special status for the North. That is the only protocol that matters.
"It is time for the Irish government to accept that and start working towards it."