Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said she hopes reality is beginning to dawn on the Tories
The Ireland South MEP was speaking after the British Government finally accepted that any Brexit agreement with the EU must have a backstop in which the north remains within the Customs Union and Single Market.
“Just last week I commented that the Tories were in complete denial over the reality of the Brexit negotiations,” she said.
“I hope this acceptance from the British Government that they must live up to commitments they made in December signals the beginning of a more realistic, honest and open approach to negotiations.
“We have had almost two years of bluster and bravado from the Tories, boasting that they’ll get everything they want from the talks with the EU.
“With the March 2019 deadline just a year away I sincerely hope that this acceptance of a special status provision for the north, something they made great pageantry of balking at for the cameras in Westminster, means that reality is beginning to dawn on Theresa May’s government.
“They cannot tear up the Good Friday Agreement; no borders, hard or soft, will be accepted in Ireland. This must be the basis all further negotiations are now held on.
“It is also crucial that Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, in the light of this realisation from the British, reaffirm their commitment to ensuring that the people of the north are never again abandoned by an Irish Government.”