Commenting following this afternoon’s House of Commons vote which has rejected the Withdrawal Agreement, Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Brexit, Lisa Chambers TD said, “It’s deeply regretful that the House of Commons has once again voted down the Withdrawal Agreement.

“At this juncture there is no clear pathway forward and given that April 12th is just fourteen days away, a no deal Brexit remains a distinct possibility. In fact, the European Commission has said that this is now a likely scenario.

“If this were to unfold it would have grave consequences for our country and likely decimate a number of industries, in particular the agri-food and fishing sectors. Intensive efforts must therefore continue to avoid such a catastrophic outcome.

“I do sincerely hope that common sense can prevail in the United Kingdom, however, our Government must provide clarity on what will happen in the event of a no deal Brexit. Specific details regarding the financial aid package that will be made available, firm commitment that a hard border will be avoided in such a crisis scenario and clarification on the prospect of a land-bridge.

“The clock is winding down and it is incumbent upon the Irish Government to ensure that the general public and members of the Oireachtas are fully aware of how it plans to traverse a no deal exit should it come to pass.

“The United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union is extremely fluid, the risk remains high and undoubtedly there will be many twists and turns in the days ahead.

“There is no such thing as a good Brexit but a no deal Brexit represents the worst of all possible outcomes. Less than two weeks out from a potential crash out, Ireland cannot afford to row back on the commitments contained in the Withdrawal Agreement,” she concluded.