Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has welcomed the Brexit extension to the 31st October 2019 but has warned that significant uncertainty remains.
Commenting Deputy Chambers said, “I welcome the decision to grant an extension to the 31st October. An extension is of course much more preferable to a catastrophic no deal Brexit but we are not out of the woods yet. The UK has been given more time and space to reach an agreement but given the events of the last few months and the political instability in UK politics nothing can be taken for granted.
“I have no doubt that Theresa May will make a concerted effort over the coming weeks to try and get an agreement across the line in order to avoid holding European Parliament elections. This in and of itself will cause further division in the UK. Furthermore, it will have implications for the number of European Parliament seats that Ireland will have in the next Parliament which only adds to the uncertainty generated by Brexit.
“The reality is that today we are no clearer as to what type of Brexit we will have than we were a year ago and preparations must continue for all possible outcomes. This extension is welcome, but the UK parliament still has to reach an agreement on the terms of the Withdrawal and even if that is achieved it then has to negotiate the terms of a future trading relationship. We are still a long way off from putting this issue to bed,” concluded Deputy Chambers.