Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on European & Foreign Affairs Sean Haughey TD has expressed concern about the growing possibility of a no deal Brexit.

Deputy Haughey made his comments following the conclusion of the latest round of Brexit negotiations.

 “I am concerned about the lack of progress in the Brexit negotiations, particularly on issues crucial to Ireland such as level playing field provisions, fisheries and the protocol on Northern Ireland. The fact that the UK appears to be pursuing objectives that are incompatible with the legal commitments set out in the protocol is worrying’.

“Michel Barnier’s summation of the 4th round of talks does not give grounds for optimism and the prospect of an extension to the transition period now seems remote.  I am therefore increasingly concerned that we are moving towards a no deal Brexit in approximately seven months’ time’.

“Whilst it is hard to fathom the prospect of another economic shock following on so soon from the Covid-19 Pandemic, we must use the months ahead to prepare businesses, SMEs and citizens for a significant change in our trading relationship with the UK’.

‘Furthermore, Ireland must continue to ensure that our unique circumstances and particular interests are kept to the fore in the negotiations and actively work to maintain the solidarity that has been shown to date by our fellow members. For very serious reasons we cannot afford to let the importance of Brexit slip down the political agenda.” concluded Deputy Haughey’.