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British Government must deliver on backstop - David Cullinane TD

20 July, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit, David Cullinane TD said today that the British government needs to come up with a viable backstop plan and and honour its commitments in the December joint report.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"At this stage we have had more speeches than actual proposals from Theresa May on the backstop and how to implement it. 

"Today is just another one to add to the list. 

"The fact remains that it is a condition of the Withdrawal Agreement that a backstop is in place - that is, an insurance policy that there will be no hardening of the border in the event of a hard Brexit.

"In the last eight months, however, we have gone from the Taoiseach's cast iron guarantee to diametrically opposed views in the issue. 

"During this period the Taoiseach took his lead from Theresa May, going so far as to welcome her plans before they were seen and eventually dismissed by the EU.

"He has shown a naivete at the highest level of political power, one that the British government has clearly exploited.

"Sinn Féin has been clear from the start on this issue.

"We do not want any hardening of the border on the island of Ireland.

"The backstop must deliver on this point.

"We also do not want to see a border down the Irish sea as this would affect Irish trade and business.

"That is up to the British government and whether it wants to cut itself off from its European supply lines or not. 

"Brexit is not last night of the proms. It is real. And no amount of flag-waving can paper over the cracks in the British plans as we move closer to October."

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