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Tory Government ‘seeking to use Ireland as hostage in Brexit negotiations’ – Cullinane

20 August, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Responding to comments from the British Brexit Secretary David Davis, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said it was obvious that the Tory Government are cynically exploiting the unique circumstances in Ireland in negotiations with the EU.

He said the British Government have no political or legal plan for a Brexit so instead are using Ireland as a bargaining chip for concessions on wider trade and customs agreements.

Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:

“The document from the British Government on Wednesday regarding Ireland mentions the ‘unique’ nature of the Irish issues. Mr Barnier said there is no existing precedent for Brexit and for its impact on Ireland.

“Sinn Féin believes that the ‘unique’ situation deserves a bespoke solution. The most sensible and logical solution is special status for the North within the EU.

“It is becoming obvious by the day that the British Government are effectively seeking to use Ireland as a hostage in their negotiations with EU.

“That cannot and should not be tolerated by the Irish Government or the EU.

“The mess that is Brexit was brought about by a divided Tory Party. Sinn Féin will continue to stand up for all citizens in Ireland and will work to ensure the best possible outcome.” 

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