Government must stick to Brexit June deadline – Cullinane
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has said today that the Government must not allow the issue of Ireland to slip once again in the Brexit talks, and that June must see a resolution of the issue.
Speaking at the Brexit forum in Dundalk today, Deputy Cullinane said:
“Since December, we have seen the border issue kicked down the road.
“It happened with the joint report, and again with the March draft agreement.
“All indications so far point to the same thing happening in June.
“The Irish government itself is speaking out of both sides of its mouth - with the Tánaiste saying June is a red line while the Taoiseach says it is a flexible date.
“The time for avoidance is over. We are less than 11 months away from Britain leaving the EU.
“The Irish government needs to ensure that the border issue is resolved with a workable solution.
“This needs to happen in time for the June EU Council meeting.
“The north needs to remain in the customs union and single market; the Good Friday Agreement needs to be protected in all its parts; and the north needs to stay within the EU legal framework for the protection of human and social rights.
“This is the only practical recourse open to avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland.”