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David Davis must deliver more than sound bites and hollow words on Border - David Cullinane TD

23 April, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Brexit Spokesperson David Cullinane TD said British Brexit Secretary David Davis must do more than deliver sound bites and hollow words when it comes to avoiding a hardening of the border on the Island and protecting the Good Friday Agreement.

Deputy Cullinane was speaking after an unannounced visit by Mr Davis to the border region. 

Speaking this evening Mr Cullinane said:

“It is remarkable that it has taken up to now for Mr Davis to visit the North and the border region. Mr Davis must recognise that there can be no agreement on Article 50 negotiations unless the issue of avoiding any hardening of the border in Ireland, protecting the Good Friday Agreement and citizens rights are satisfactorily addressed.

“Mr Davis also needs to know that no physical infrastructure or technological solution will be accepted by the people North and South. The vote of the people of the North must be respected. 

“At the very least Mr Davis and his Government must spell out in clear terms how the backstop arrangement agreed last December will be implemented. Sinn Féin for our part will continue to argue for full special status for the North. 

“The best way to protect the Good Friday Agreement and citizens rights is for the North to stay in the legal architecture of the EU and in the Customs Union and Single Market. 

“The British Government needs to once and for all spell out in clear and legal terms how a hardening of the border can be avoided. The Irish Government must continue to use all and every option to make sure this happens.”

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