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O'Neill to tell Starmer that backstop remains the bottom line

3 February, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA will tell British shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer MP tomorrow that the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement remains the bottom line in protecting the Good Friday Agreement and ensuring there is no return to a hard border.

The Sinn Fein deputy leader said:

“Tomorrow I will meet with the British Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer MP in Belfast. I will take the opportunity once more to make it clear to him that the backstop as already agreed must be protected and maintained.

“This follows the joint statement issued by the four Pro-Remain parties and majority voice here. It also follows a series of meetings with the business community and others from across society who are gravely concerned about the attempts by the British Parliament to abandon the backstop and the protections it affords the north from Brexit, which is a gross act of bad faith.

“I will be relaying those concerns to Keir Starmer and reminding him once again that the backstop cannot be unilaterally torn up and that is absolutely necessary to avoid a hard Brexit border and to protect the Good Friday Agreement. 

“With only eight weeks to the British exit from the EU, nobody here has consented to the return of a hard border in Ireland.” 

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