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'Irish government must stand firm on the backstop’ – O’Neill

10 January, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Commenting after meeting with the Tánaiste in Belfast today, the Sinn Féin Vice President Michelle O’Neill called on the Dublin Government to remain resolute in the face of mounting chaos in London.

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“Now more than ever, the Irish Government must stand firm to safeguard Ireland’s interests, the rights of citizens and to protect our agreements.

“A no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for our economy and society.

“It would see us crashing out of the EU with no terms of departure, over an economic cliff-edge with supply shortages and many businesses unable to trade, job losses, possible recession, no access to the EU single market and a physical hard border being put in place in Ireland.

“The chaos engulfing the Westminster parliament and the British Government cannot be allowed to spill over into Ireland. The way to do that is to remain firm, along with the EU 27, in defending the backstop as our only insurance policy against a hard border in Ireland.

 “The DUP will continue to pursue their reckless Brexit agenda, bizarrely working against the interests  of their own electorate, of wider society and all the people of this island.

“However, the Withdrawal Agreement and the Backstop cannot, and will not, be rewritten, renegotiated or vetoed.”

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