Taoiseach needs to stand firm on backstop - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald, speaking after British politicians rejected the Brexit deal, said that Ireland’s people, Ireland’s economy and Ireland’s peace process all need to be protected and that the Taoiseach needs to stand firm on the backstop.
Teachta McDonald earlier attended a briefing on the contingency plans from Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
“The contingency plans place a heavy emphasis on East-West relations and arrangements but the situation regarding Ireland remains unchanged.
“Ireland’s people, Ireland’s economy and Ireland’s peace process all need to be protected as we go forward now.
“The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and our partners at a European level need to stand firm and not move away from or attempt to dilute the backstop.
“We need to say clearly to the British that if they wish to Brexit then that’s a matter for themselves but any Brexit agreement needs to recognise, understand and protect the people, the economy and the peace process on this island.”