Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD has said that the ‘backstop’ remains the only way to ensure that that the interests of citizens in the north are upheld and to ensure the protection of the Good Friday Agreement.
Speaking during Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy Cullinane said:
“It is our firm view that the legal assurances secured by Britain last night do not alter the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, and that the Agreement agreed by the Dáil in November still stands.
“The legal standing of the Agreement makes it clear that the north stays inside the Customs Union and Single Market to protect the all-island economy and the Good Friday Agreement unless and until some alternative arrangements of equal standing are achieved.
“The Withdrawal Agreement is not a perfect deal, but the backstop in particular goes some way to ensuring that there is no hard border on our island, that the interests of citizens are upheld and the Good Friday Agreement is protected.
“In December, the British government accepted that position and signed up to the Agreement and the ‘backstop’.
“Despite the reckless and irresponsible position of some in the Conservative party and the DUP, the fact remains that the Agreement must be honoured and a deal that recognises the unique circumstances that present themselves for our island must be delivered.
“The ‘backstop’ in our view remains the only way to ensure that is made a reality.”