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Contingency plans for the border should be revealed now - Martin Kenny TD

16 January, 2019 - by Martin Kenny TD

Sinn Féin’s Martin Kenny, TD for Sligo, Leitrim, North Roscommon and South Donegal said today that the Irish people, economy and peace process should be protected and that the Taoiseach will have to stand up and be counted on the issue of the backstop.

Deputy Kenny said:

“We are coming closer to the ‘no deal’ situation and this means a return to a hard border on this island.

“Before yesterday’s vote, the Tánaiste said that the legislation required to deal with measures to protect trade and commerce between Ireland and Britain in the case of a ‘no deal’ will not be published until nearly the end of next month.

“These East-West matters are very important but we need to see the legislation much sooner than 22 February and I notice that the Taoiseach or the Tánaiste remained silent on any contingency plan to protect our all-island economy, to protect our citizens’ rights and to protect the Good Friday Agreement in the event of a crash out Brexit.

“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.”

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