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Government must not allow backstop to become eroded from Brexit negotiations – David Cullinane TD

18 July, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD has said that while the Irish Government should prepare for any outcome within the Brexit negotiations, it appears as though the Government are preparing for the British to renege on the backstop agreement met last December.

Deputy Cullinane said;

“The announcement from Taoiseach Varadkar earlier this evening is one that raises concern. This signals that the Irish Government are planning for the British Government not to honour the backstop agreement made last December.

“While it is sensible to plan for any outcome within the Brexit negotiations, it should not gear up for a reneging from the British on the back-stop. Such a move would be disastrous for the Irish economy.

“Both Governments need to understand that the people will not accept a hard border on the island of Ireland.

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

“If the backstop agreement had been honoured in June, we wouldn’t have the need for such custom check.

“This news, even as a contingency plan, will be bad news for farmers and business that operate on a North-South basis.”

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