In response to proposals put forward by the British Government to the European Commission for customs posts along the border as part of its effort to replace the ‘backstop’, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that any such arrangements are “absolutely out of the question”.
“This is not a viable proposal from the British Government. It is incumbent on the EU and the Irish government to make it absolutely clear that this proposal is absolutely out of the question.
“What we need on this island, north and south, is to ensure there is no hard border, that our all-island economy is protected and that the Good Friday Agreement is protected.
“The British Government’s proposals fly in the face of all of that, and it is a vexatious and almost menacing suggestion.”