Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has said that with only days to go until a potential cliff-edge Brexit the Government must be open and transparent with the Dáil and the public about how they plan to protect the integrity of the Single Market and the Customs Union whilst avoiding a hard border on the Island of Ireland.
Chambers made her comments on foot of MPs in the House of Commons rejecting four alternative solutions to Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement last night.
Commenting Deputy Chambers said, “At this juncture a no deal Brexit remains the default position. While I hope that common sense prevails in UK politics nothing can be assumed at this point and the Government must provide clarity on how they plan to protect the integrity of the Single Market and the Customs Union whilst avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland.
“To date, the Government has been evasive when pressed on this issue and we are learning more about what is actually going on from EU officials rather than hearing it directly from our own Government. The issue of the border affects every citizen on this island and the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste must be more forthcoming about what will actually happen in the event of a no deal Brexit.
“The Taoiseach is holding meetings this week with President Marcon and Chancellor Merkel. As Brexit goes down to the wire it is essential that European unity on Ireland’s unique position is maintained in the days and weeks ahead. In addition, there is also an onus on the UK to live up to its obligations as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.
“Finally, our businesses, farmers, and fishermen need clarity on the financial packages that will be available in the event of a no deal Brexit. A no deal Brexit would represent the worst of all outcomes and would cause severe economic harm to Ireland and certain industries in particular. It is therefore essential that sufficient funding is in place to assist those most exposed to a no deal Brexit.
“Thousands of jobs are at stake and our Government must have an immediate and effective response in the event that this comes to pass,” concluded Deputy Chambers.