Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has said that she hopes that the Brexit White Paper which is due to be published by the UK Government this week goes ahead despite the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson.

Deputy Chambers commented, “Whilst the resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson are matters for the UK Government and the Conservative party, it is nevertheless a cause of grave concern. It is imperative that these resignations do not completely derail the strategy agreed on Friday in Chequers, the detail of which is due to be elaborated on in the White Paper.  This was scheduled to be published this week, and despite the events of today, every effort must be made to ensure that it is published and that negotiations continue as planned.

“The October deadline for agreeing a withdrawal agreement is fast approaching and the issue of the border remains unresolved. It is imperative that despite the resignations of two senior members of the UK Cabinet,  Ireland’s interests remain to the fore and that our government continues to press for an agreement on a legally binding backstop and the protection in full of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Moreover, our government must step up its domestic preparedness for Brexit and have contingency plans that are ready to be operationalised for all scenarios, including a no-deal option. Whilst we certainly do not want to see a hard Brexit come to pass, recent events demonstrate that the government cannot rest on its laurels on this issue or assume that the UK will adopt a more reasoned and cohesive approach to Brexit than it otherwise has to date”.