Irish Government and EU must stand firm on Irish issues - David Cullinane TD
Sinn Féin Brexit Spokesperson David Cullinane TD has this morning said that the Irish Government and the EU must stand firm against any attempt by the British Government to resile from previous commitments on Ireland in the current Brexit negotiations. Deputy Cullinane said tensions and divisions in the Tory party must not result in a bad deal for Ireland.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“The Irish Government and the EU set a deadline of June for real progress on translating the agreed political backstop arrangements for Ireland into a legal formula. Two years away from the referendum and six months from the conclusion of talks we are no closer to an agreed approach.
“Theresa May and her Government are currently fixated on internal battles in the Tory party and the next General Election. They have no plan, no ideas and no solutions for Ireland.
“Sinn Féin made it clear that the only real solution is for a form of special status for the North within the EU. The vote of the North to remain in the EU must be respected.
"The solution to avoid a hardening of the border is for the entire Island to remain in the Customs Union and Single Market. It is also the best way to protect the Good Friday Agreement and citizens' rights.
“Theresa May must be told that technological border solutions are out. They were daft and unworkable when first proposed two years ago and are just as daft today. The British Government must move away from fantasy solutions for Ireland and support the Democratic will of the people of the North.
“These talks are now entering a crunch phase. The Irish Government must no longer accept political fudges.
"They must insist on an agreed legal framework that avoids any hardening of the border, that protects the GFA in all its parts and protects citizens rights. This is best achieved by the North remaining in the political and legal framework of the EU.”