Irish government must stand firm on the backstop amidst Brexit shambles - Maurice Quinlivan TD
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has 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.
The Limerick City TD said;
"With every day that passes - we lurch closer to the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ scenario and the return to the hard border that we had.
"Yesterday, prior to the vote in Westminster, the Tánaiste briefed parties on contingency plans in the event of that situation transpiring.
"Those contingency plans focus primarily on East-West matters. These are important matters to protect trade and commerce between our islands.
"The Tánaiste said that the legislation required to deal with these matters will not be published until the 22nd February.
"Sinn Féin will assist in crafting and passing all necessary legislation but the government are coming to this very late in the day.
"We believe that the government needs to revise this schedule and we need to see the legislation much earlier.
“We need urgent clarity on what preparations are being put in place for our ports and airports. This is particularly relevant to us in the mid-west, as Shannon Airport and Foynes Port would require substantial investment and infrastructure to accommodate whatever the new trading relationship with Britain will be.
“The outcome of these shambolic Brexit negotiations will not just impact those living on the border, but everyone across Ireland, including those living here in Limerick; however the Tory government in London has shown they have zero regard for anyone but themselves.
"The Taoiseach has had nothing to say on a contingency plan to protect our all island economy, to protect our citizen’s rights to protect the Good Friday Agreement in the event of a crash Brexit.
“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.”