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Spectator approach to Brexit won’t cut it – Mary Lou McDonald TD

26 March, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking from Leinster House today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of taking the approach of a spectator to Brexit.

Teachta McDonald was speaking after an ESRI report said a no-deal crash-out Brexit could result in the loss of up to 80,000 jobs.

She said;

“Just last weekend Leo Varadkar told us that Brexit will define Britain for a generation but that we don’t have to let it define us.  

“That is head in the sand stuff and is indicative of An Taoiseach’s spectator-like approach to Brexit.

“Today’s ESRI report blows shows that Brexit has the potential to cost up to 80,000 jobs.

“The Taoiseach and his Government cannot simply hope this will be all right on the night.  

“People around the country are worrying about their jobs and their livelihoods today and we need a response from government.

“Sinn Féin has put forward a proposal for a €2billion Brexit contingency plan using funds from the Rainy Day Fund.  

“We have yet to see a response from government on this proposal. That is not good enough.

“He needs to realise that we are facing a political, social, economic and constitutional earthquake.

“Brexit is a game changer.  It is not a transient thing, it is for keeps.

“We need to face up to the reality that huge change is on the way and the government needs to prepare for this change, preparation which must include convening an all-Ireland Forum on Irish Unity.”

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