Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit, Lisa Chambers TD, has said that Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit offer leaves a considerable degree of uncertainty for Ireland.

Commenting Deputy Chambers said, “Today’s speech by Theresa May underscores that the direction of Brexit remains uncertain. Whilst I welcome the fact that the Prime Minister is trying to break the Brexit impasse the reality is that serious doubt remains as to whether the Withdrawal Agreement can be passed in the House of Commons.

“From an Irish perspective the ongoing instability and uncertainty is bad for businesses, exporters, and the agri-food sector and the speech today leaves more questions than answers.

“Theresa May spoke again of alternative arrangements to replace the backstop by 2020 and temporary customs arrangements and she even opened up the possibility of a second referendum should the Withdrawal Agreement pass second reading. All of which demonstrates that Brexit is far from resolved and Ireland’s future relationship with the UK far from clarified.

“Whilst we will have to await the publication of the Bill to see the detail and make a full assessment of what she is proposing it is evident that in any case the Backstop is a necessity and that our Government need to continue to prepare for all scenarios, including a no deal scenario,” concluded Deputy Chambers.