Taoiseach returns from EU Council with no progress, no certainty and no legal clarity – Mary Lou McDonald
The European Council today broke up without any progress on the imposition of Brexit on Ireland, North and South. This meeting had been set as a crunch meeting by the Irish Government to resolve the issues of Ireland in line with the agreement made last December.
Speaking following the ending of Council, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said;
“This EU Council meeting has ended in failure. It was to be a defining moment, when we would see delivery on the commitments made on Ireland in December last year. Commitments that the Taoiseach told us were ‘cast iron’. The Taoiseach now returns to Dublin with no progress, no certainty, and no legal clarity.
“Since December the British Government has ignored every deadline. The Taoiseach has accepted this British Government bad faith. The approach of the Taoiseach and the other EU leaders has only emboldened the Tory party and their fantasy Brexit, who now believe they are involved in some game of chicken with the rights and interest of all Ireland.
“We cannot stop Britain from leaving or prevent them from crashing out of the EU either by bluster or design.
“What the Irish government can do is ensure that Irish interests are protected, the rights of citizens are safeguarded and that our international peace agreements are enforced.
“The Irish Government must make clear that they will not allow the British government to impose a hard border or walk away from the internationally binding Good Friday Agreement.
“The Taoiseach needs to stop rowing back from his own deadlines and to deliver on what he described as ‘cast iron’ guarantees. There should be no further negotiation on the future relations until the British Government delivers on the agreement from last December
“The Irish Government and our EU partners must now develop a contingency plan to safeguard Irelands interests, rights of citizens and peace agreements in the event of the British Government refusing to live up to its commitments.”