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Taoiseach to outline plan for failure, but not success – McDonald

18 July, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking today, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“Since the Brexit vote in Britain, the process has been marked by the British government changing positions, stalling, and making and breaking agreements.

“Today, the Cabinet will meet to discuss contingency plans for various Brexit scenarios. That is the right and sensible thing to do.

“It should be remembered that, in December, the Taoiseach made clear that the ‘backstop’ was the contingency plan and that this was a cast iron guarantee.

“Last week, I asked the Taoiseach about the ‘backstop’ as agreed in December. At the time, the Taoiseach equivocated and failed to stand over the backstop as agreed.

“Since then, we have seen further chaos in Britain with emboldened Brexiteers seeking to abandon the December backstop altogether.

“Our citizens, our economy, and our businesses require certainty.

“There have been reports that the EU is preparing to amend the backstop arrangements.  We need clarity on this point.

“The Taoiseach is outlining plans for failure, but has yet to outline his plan for success.

“He needs to make clear, with our EU partners, that they still stand over the backstop as agreed, that will make good on the agreement made in December, and how they intend to bring legal clarity and certainty in advance of the withdrawal agreement.” 

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