DUP and Tories indulging in fantasy politics – Ní Riada

Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has urged the DUP and Tories to stop indulging in fantasy politics and accept the reality that Special Status for the north remains the only realistic solution to the problems posed by Brexit.

The Ireland South MEP was commenting after the EU released a draft Brexit agreement which envisaged the north remaining in the Customs Union.

“Theresa May and the DUP may want to dance around it but the reality is that Special Status for the north remains the only realistic solution,” she said.

“We are now 8 months out from the October deadline to negotiations and Phase Two has yet to even begin.

“Special Status remains the only fully formed and clear option. Options A and B outlined in the draft use vague language to refer to possible uses of technology or as yet unspecified close relationships between the EU and Britain.

“Meanwhile the British Government and DUP continue to display an ‘it’ll be alright on the night’ attitude to Brexit while offering no concrete proposals or solutions on how they plan to marry their two mutually exclusive goals of no hard border and leaving the Customs Union.

“This is fantasy politics and indulging in it will be catastrophic for Ireland.

“Everyone else has accepted that Special Status for the north is the only workable solution.  The DUP and Tories cannot continue to put their fingers in their ears and pretend they don’t hear that.
“The level of political naivety and immaturity they are displaying over this subject is astounding and will lead to economic ruin.  We cannot allow our children’s futures to be sacrificed to the save Tory blushes and DUP pride.

“Theresa May and the DUP need to accept the reality that Special Status, or whatever wording you prefer to give it, remains the only realistic solution.”

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