Speaking today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“With the Brexit deadline fast upon us, fears of a no-deal and hard border increase. It is clear to all that the British government has given no thought as to the impact of Brexit on Ireland.
“The Withdrawal Agreement and the Backstop are the bare minimum required to safeguard Irish interests and cannot be renegotiated, undermined or time limited.
“The Taoiseach has briefed parties and will bring forward legislation on contingencies to protect East/West trade in the event of a no deal scenario
“The Taoiseach has no plan B for North/South trade, avoidance of a hard border or protecting the rights of Irish citizens in the North.
“His reckless suggestion that British Troops will return to the Border was unhelpful and shows that the Taoiseach has no contingency plan. This government, the Taoiseach and Simon Coveney are in the territory of making it up as they go along.
“The same Taoiseach refuses to plan for the removal of the border and a unity poll as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement. The debate on Irish unity is well underway as evidenced by the conference yesterday in Belfast.
“If the British government reject the Withdrawal Agreement, the threat of a hard border could become a reality.
“The only way to remove such a threat, is to remove the border.
“That is why it is imperative that the government begins to plan for a unity poll and make clear of their intentions to the British Government.” CRÍOCH/ENDS