Backstop must be protected in any Brexit deal

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers says any Brexit deal must include a commitment on the backstop to ensure no hard border on the island of Ireland

She made the comments following the decision by the British Prime Minister to defer a House of Commons vote on Brexit.

Deputy Chambers commented, “Contrary to certain pro-Brexit MPs, Teresa May, in her speech this afternoon has acknowledged that there can be no Brexit deal without a backstop. The government here, as well as EU negotiators, must continue to hold firm on this and ensure that this essential protection remains.

“The continued uncertainty is unhelpful and I believe it would be wise for the government to increase preparations for a possible no deal Brexit. While achieving a deal is in the best interests of the UK and Ireland, we cannot continue to allow the clock to tick down without having the necessary protections and preparations in place in the event that a deal cannot be struck.

“Cool and calm heads need to prevail, however, we should not allow ourselves to be underprepared. Based on the current level of activity, I do not believe that we are or will be adequately resourced to deal with the consequences of Brexit and I am urging the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to ensure that all of the necessary preparations are put in place ahead of the March 29th deadline”.