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‘Dublin must seek cast iron ‘backstop’ guarantee following London duplicity’ - O'Neill

17 July, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

 The Taoiseach must prioritise cast-iron legal guarantees to protect Ireland’s interests after the British Government last night ‘tore up’ its own Brexit proposals, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O'Neill MLA has said.

The Sinn Féin Deputy Leader was commenting after Theresa May agreed to a series of amendments to stave off opposition from hard Brexit supporters in Westminster.

Michelle O'Neill said: 

“What Theresa May did last night was effectively tear up her own proposals from Chequers. Her Government is in chaos and in her rush to placate the DUP and the Brexiteers, she has now made a ‘no deal’ crash scenario much more likely.

“That is reckless. A crash will have a devastating impact on the island of Ireland so there is now an increased onus on the Irish Government and our EU partners to ensure our national interests are protected in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

“Their commitments to safeguard the letter and spirit of the Good Friday Agreement; to prevent any hard border on the island of Ireland and to protect citizens’ rights must be fully honoured.

 “In light of the British Government’s duplicity, cast-iron legal assurances are clearly now required to protect the Irish protocol and backstop. This must be urgently prioritised by the Dublin Government when the EU's General Affairs Council meets on Friday.”

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