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Tánaiste must clarify potential Brexit backstop flaws - David Cullinane TD

24 April, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit, David Cullinane TD today called on the Tánaiste to explain the issues with the Brexit backstop proposal that may lead to a hardening of the border.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"The report in today's Times that the Brexit backstop arrangement is potentially flawed is worrying.

"According to the newspaper, an internal EU memo says that the backstop may not be viable. 

"This is of real concern to Sinn Féin and comes on the back of other examples of slippage regarding the backstop.

"In the space of four months the agreement has gone from a "cast-iron guarantee" to a "gentlemen's agreement" to a "political promise" to potentially not viable.

"This is quite perturbing given the issues involved and I call on Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney to clarify the reports immediately.

"I also call on him to state clearly where the EU officials are wrong and why they are wrong. 

"The backstop arrangement is the absolute minimum required - that is why it is a backstop and not a full agreement.

"If it is potentially flawed than that needs to be sorted. 

"Sinn Féin's support for the backstop is based on a very simple premise: it has to work.

"If it does not, the Tánaiste and the government need to explain themselves to the Irish people."

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