Backstop must stay on the table – Cullinane
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane said today that the December backstop is Ireland’s insurance policy in the event of a hard Brexit, and, as a result, is not an optional addendum to the negotiations.
Speaking in response to Taoiseach Varadkar’s comments that there could be a hard border in the event of a hard Brexit, Deputy Cullinane said:
“The people of Ireland are all too aware of the dangers of a hard Brexit.
“This is why the backstop arrangement needs to be put in place.
“Taoiseach Varadkar has been talking about the need to plan for a hard Brexit - as if the backstop is not such a plan.
“Is it the case that an Taoiseach is now thinking of a hard Brexit scenario where there is not only no withdrawal agreement in place, there is no backstop in place either.
“Where does this leave the cast-iron guarantee he supposedly secured last December?
“There has been a worrying shift in tone from the government over the past two months - from the backstop as a red line to one where is simply forms part of the overall agreement.
“We need clarity on this issue from the government as the backstop is our insurance policy in the event of a no deal Brexit.
“The people of Ireland need to know that both the Irish government and the EU will not allow the British government take the backstop off the table.”