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A temporary backstop is not a backstop - David Cullinane TD

22 October, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD, today criticised the British Prime Minister for her insistence that the backstop should be shelved in place of a temporary extension to the transition period, saying that such a proposal is in breach of the December agreement and the Good Friday Agreement.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"Theresa May has today failed to put forward a solution to the issue of the border on the island of Ireland post-brexit.

"She insists that we should trust her and her soundbite that Britain will secure the best trade deal ever with the EU.

"That may work on her back-benchers and cabinet colleagues but it will not wash in Ireland.

"The backstop is an insurance policy in the event of no deal.

"There is no point saying that it will never be used as its purpose is kick in in the absence of an agreement

"Theresa May wants us to trust that she will be the British prime minister until the end of 2020.

"That is an increasingly unlikely prospect.

"And that is why we need a legally-operable backstop in case events do not pan out as well as the spin from the Tories.

"We need an insurance policy to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts; to protect the rights of Irish and EU citizens in the north' and to ensure no hardening of the border post-Brexit.

"It is incredible that with five months to go Theresa May has still not gotten the message.

"The EU and the Irish government must stay the course until she does."

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