Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said now that the British government have accepted the commitments it made on Brexit in December it must now come up with credible proposals which would ensure no diminution of rights in the north.
Martina Anderson said:
“Its is clear from today’s meeting between the David Davis and Michel Barnier that the British government have now accepted the agreements it has already entered into both in December and just weeks ago when the draft withdrawal agreement was published.
“Despite denials from Theresa May there is now confirmation that the British government is accepting the agreements made, including the backstop option which would see the north remaining in the customs union and significant elements of the single market.
“There must be no diminution in rights and no hardening of the border in order to give legal effect to what has already been agreed and what the European Parliament has voted on in successive resolutions.
“The Taoiseach must now ensure that the rights of people in the north are protected and that the outstanding issues are addressed in a way that realises his pledge that citizens in the north will never again be left behind by an Irish government.
“So while progress has been made more work needs to be done to ensure that there is no diminution of rights for citizens in the north.” Ends/Críoch