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Risk of no-deal shows up Government’s lack of preparedness – David Cullinane TD

21 January, 2019 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has said today that the refusal of Theresa May to rule out a no-deal Brexit brings into sharp focus the unpreparedness of the Irish government for such an event, and that protections must be put in place to secure businesses, citizens, and jobs.
 
Deputy Cullinane said:
 
“Today was Groundhog Day for Theresa May.
 
“Instead of a Plan B we got a rehash of previous statements and a commitment to inclusivity that is two years to late.
 
“It is clear that Tory bickering and intransigence has increased the threat of a no-deal Brexit.
 
“This brings into sharp focus the lack of preparedness by the Irish government for such an outcome.
 
“We need supports for SMEs in vulnerable sectors, an easing State aid rules; targeted capital investment in ports, roads, and public transport; investment in health and housing to ease the cost of living; and we need protections for the north, including voting rights in EU elections, legal securities for the Common Travel area, and preparation for a border Poll in the event of a hard Brexit.
 
“These are the things that are needed, and not a waving of the hands by an Taoiseach and Tánaiste as if there is nothing to see here.
 
“Theresa May today has increased the threat of a no-deal Brexit, and we need action to prepare for this scenario.”

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