Brexit crisis deepens warns Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has warned that “the British government’s intransigence in the Brexit negotiations poses a serious economic threat to the people of Louth”.
Teachta Adams said:
“The recently published public guidelines by British Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, and the current row being kicked up by British officials over the negotiation process, are evidence of a process in deep trouble.
"Last week the British guidelines were abdicating any responsibility for Brexit and advising businesses with concerns about cross border trade to contact the Irish government.
"Then and again this week EU officials are warning that there has been no progress on issues relating to the island of Ireland and that there continues to be a lack of proposals from Britain on how it intends to avoid a so-called hard border.
"In December last year the British and EU agreed a backstop arrangement to protect the border economy, which in the event of a no deal outcome would have seen the north remain within the single market and customs union. The British have resiled from this.
"In recent days there has been speculation that in an effort to break the deadlock the EU is suggesting that checks on goods travelling between Britain and the north could be carried out at British ports and airports. The DUP are against this.
"The deadline for an agreement was October. That looks likely to slip to November. But if no agreement is reached by then the prospect of a no-deal scenario looks increasingly likely.
"The onus therefore is on the Irish government to step up its engagement with the EU to ensure that Europe sticks to the backstop agreement and that everything is done to protect the two economies on this island and in particular the rights of EU citizens in the north.”