Government Must Stand Firm on the Backstop Amidst Westminster Shambles – Ferris

Sinn Féin Deputy Martin Ferris urging the Irish government to stand firm on the ‘Backstop’ issue. Photograph: John Reidy

Kerry Sinn Féin TD, Martin Ferris has said that Ireland’s people, Ireland’s economy and Ireland’s peace process all need to be protected and that the Taoiseach needs to stand firm on the backstop.

Closer to ‘No Deal’

“With every day that passes – we inch closer to the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ scenario and the return to the hard border that we all remember too well,” said Deputy Ferris.
“Yesterday, prior to the vote in Westminster, the Tánaiste briefed parties on contingency plans in the event of that situation transpiring.

Contingency Plans
“Those contingency plans focus primarily on East-West matters. These are important matters to protect trade and commerce between our islands.
“The Tánaiste said that the legislation required to deal with these matters will not be published until the 22nd February.
Late in the Day
“Sinn Féin will assist in crafting and passing all necessary legislation but the government is coming to this very late in the day.
“We believe that the government needs to revise this schedule and we need to see the legislation much earlier.
All-Island Economy
“The Taoiseach has had nothing to say on a contingency plan to protect our all island economy, to protect our citizens rights to protect the Good Friday Agreement in the event of a crash Brexit.
“Ireland’s people, Ireland’s economy and Ireland’s peace process all need to be protected.

European Partners

“The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste and our partners at a European level need to stand firm and not move away from or attempt to dilute the backstop.

“We need to say clearly to the British that if they wish to Brexit then that’s a matter for themselves but any Brexit agreement needs to recognise, understand and protect the people, the economy and the peace process on this island,” Deputy Ferris concluded.

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