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A time limited backstop is not a backstop - David Cullinane TD

26 July, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Speaking following a meeting between the British Brexit Secretary Dominic Rabb and the EU negotiator Michel Barnier, Sinn Féin Brexit Spokesperson David Cullinane TD said a time limited backstop is not a backstop and is an attempt to fudge the Irish issues. 

Speaking today Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is becoming increasingly obvious that the British Government does not want to deliver on the Irish backstop agreed last December. This agreement represented an insurance policy for Ireland in the event of no deal on a future trading relationship between Britain and the EU. 

“It is obvious that by introducing ‘time limits’ the British want to hold on to the Irish issues as a negotiating hand right up until the conclusion of future relationship talks. It is their wish to turn the Irish backstop into nothing more than an extension of the implementation period. 

“The Irish Government must hold firm. They must not swap a permanent legally operable backstop that provides comfort in the event of no trade deal for a short term, time limited arrangement that does not provide the clarity and certainty needed to avoid a hardening of the border. 

“A backstop must mean a backstop and Ireland first must mean Ireland first. We must not accept a fudge and allow resolving Irish issues drift into wider trade talks between the EU and Britain. This is precisely what the backstop was to avoid.”

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