Speaking in European Parliament in Brussels , Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy urged vigilance in the face of British Government wrangling in relation to the recent commitments it gave in relation to Brexit and the border in Ireland.

Matt Carthy said:

“After six months of negotiations, the British finally put their signature to something that recognises that different arrangements need to be put in place for the North of Ireland – a form of special status if you like. But they are already trying to go back on it. I’m pleased that this resolution calls them out on it.

“However we need to remain vigilant – the European Parliament, the EU negotiators, and the Irish Government. We all need to make sure that there is no going back on the commitments of last week’s communique.

“The North of our country cannot be pushed back or placed under the yoke of British self-interest once more. This resolution gives us the means to ensure that doesn’t happen. It gives us the means to protect the Good Friday Agreement, including trade and open borders, as well as rights and equality.

“We’re not there yet. We haven’t achieved the full outworking of ensuring that all of Ireland remains together within all EU frameworks, yet. The agreement provides the scope to achieve that.  We must redouble our efforts if we are to get to that essential position.”

Vigilance needed in face of British Brexit wrangling

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