Kearney welcomes ICTU statement on Brexit deal
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney MLA has welcomed today’s statement by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions regarding the draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.
The party spokesperson on Workers’ Rights said:
"There is no good to come from Brexit. The fact that the umbrella organisation for all Trade Unions in Ireland has emphasised this point must be taken on board.
“The negative impact of Brexit is being imposed on Ireland. This is most acutely illustrated in the north where a majority of the electorate voted against Brexit yet the British government, supported by the DUP, ignore the democratically stated wishes of those voters.
“The Irish labour movement has consistently pointed up the Brexit threat to workers rights and the threat to the spirit and letter of the Good Friday Agreement
“Representing almost 800,000 workers across Ireland, ICTU has joined with business and farmers organisations in demonstrating how far out of touch the DUP are.
“In the circumstances of Brexit occurring, the legally operable backstop, as a minimum condition, must be guaranteed.
“This provides our insurance policy against the worst excesses of Brexit.
“The backstop option is not perfect and neither is this proposed withdrawal agreement. There are real issues of concern, particularly relating to issues of citizens' rights and future representation.
“Sinn Féin will continue to stand with all other pro-Remain parties and those sections of society who advocate for citizens' rights, our economic interests and our protection of our agreements in the face of Brexit.
“We will continue to pressure the Irish government to act in the interests of citizens, north and south, and hold An Taoiseach to his pledge that the people of the north will 'never again be left behind' by an Irish government.
“However this Brexit debacle unfolds, the backstop as agreed must be maintained. It must not be sacrificed in another shoddy deal between the DUP and those fighting a civil war within the British Tory party.”