He said it is ‘vital that the political consensus that has built up on Brexit is maintained and not undermined’.
Teachta Brady said:
“At a time when a ‘no-deal’ Brexit looks ever more likely given the recent installation of Boris Johnson as British Prime Minister, alongside a hard-Brexiteer British Cabinet, it is vital to ensure that the political consensus that has built up around Brexit is maintained and not undermined.
“That means no hard border on the island of Ireland, it means protecting our all-island economy and it means defending the Good Friday Agreement.
“I am, however more than a little perplexed by the Fianna Fáil position on all of this in recent days and weeks. They appear to be saying that the Irish position – as endorsed by the Dáil – is too stringent, yet they offer nothing by way of substance as an alternative.
“It’s a position that is confusing, unhelpful and wrong. The fact is that they can’t have it both ways – they either stand against a hard Brexit, or they don’t. That’s the bottom line.
“All parties need to make it crystal clear that the government and the EU need to stick to their position – that the Withdrawal Agreement is the only show in town and as part of that a ‘backstop’ is essential. No ifs. No buts.”