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No backstop plan for the north 'a worrying development' - David Cullinane TD

23 August, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has said today that the British government's failure to provide guidance on the backstop for the north is a worrying development and one that questions their commitment to to what was agreed in December 2017.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"The British government today published the first in a series of guidance papers in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit.

"We know that the Backstop agreed in December 2017 only comes into effect in the event of no deal.

"The backstop, therefore, is part of the 'no deal' planning and because of this it needed to be covered by today's papers.

"Instead, the British government merely said that it is 'ready to engage constructively' to meet its commitments to the people of the north.

"We needed a paper today to give people and businesses in the north guidance on how the backstop would work - none of this was given.

"Instead, Minister Dominic Raab would not commit to any separate technical papers for the north, even though the backstop requires such papers.

"The Taoiseach and his government cannot allow this to stand.

"The people of the north - as well as businesses that operate across the border - need certainly and clarity on this issue.

"I call on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to press home this point.

"It shows once again that we need a special meeting in September between Britain and the EU to deal exclusively with the arrangements for the north.

"This needs to happen as a matter of urgency."

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