Taoiseach is a bystander in Brexit negotiations - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said the Taoiseach’s failure to fight for special designated status within the EU for the North, is a betrayal of the people of Ireland.
Speaking at the Arbour Hill Easter Commemoration this afternoon Teachta McDonald said the Taoiseach’s weak negotiating stance on Brexit is jeopardising Ireland’s economic interests and the Good Friday Agreement which was overwhelmingly endorsed by the people of Ireland.
“Brexit poses a major threat to Ireland. It has the potential to wreak havoc for our economy and it will seriously undermine the Good Friday Agreement if the Government does not stand strong in defending our interests.
“On the back of a Sinn Féin motion the Dáil has adopted the position of supporting special designated status within the EU for the North. Unfortunately the government has not adopted this position and the Taoiseach has not raised it in negotiations.
“This is not only seriously damaging, it is a betrayal of the Irish people.
“Spain managed to secure a veto in relation to Gibraltar but again our Taoiseach didn’t even raise the prospect for Ireland in relation to the North.
“At the moment the Taoiseach is a bystander in the Brexit negotiations and that is not good enough. The issue is too serious. He needs to step up and start fighting our corner.
“He should begin by arguing for special designated status within the EU for the North of Ireland.”