Agreement on Common Travel Area welcome but uncertainty remains

Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Brexit Lisa Chambers TD has welcomed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Common Travel Area (CTA) by the Irish and British Government but has cautioned that it is not a legally binding contract and significant uncertainty remains due to the ongoing Brexit stalemate in the UK

Deputy Chambers commented, “I welcome that a Memorandum of Understanding on the Common Travel Area has been signed between the Irish and British Governments which affirms both Governments commitment to maintaining the rights, reciprocal arrangements, and social benefits associated with the CTA. However, it must be made clear that this MoU is not a legal contract and could potentially be subject to changes in the future”.

“The reality is that the outcome and shape of Brexit is unknown, and I would have preferred if greater legal certainty had been given to the CTA to guarantee the status quo into the future.  The CTA is an intrinsic part of the fabric of UK-Irish relations and whilst this MoU is welcome I believe greater consideration should have been given to making this an internationally binding treaty”.

“The threat of a no deal Brexit has receded somewhat but there is no room for complacency when it comes to protecting our country’s interests. It is imperative that we secure the best outcome for Ireland and do all we can to maintain existing arrangements and ensure in as much as feasibly possible that they are on a legally sound footing,” concluded Deputy Chambers.