Speaking tonight Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said:
“It has been reported widely this evening that the text of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been agreed between British government and European Union negotiators.
“Sinn Féin has consistently called for an agreement that protects Irish interests, our economy, the Good Friday Agreement and the rights of our citizens.
“Last December, a joint report by UK and EU negotiators was agreed, in which it was stated there would be no hard border in Ireland. The Taoiseach assured us that this was a ‘cast iron’ guarantee.
“The withdrawal agreement must give legal effect to that ‘cast iron’ guarantee.
“While we await the publication of this document, it is a matter of concern that some are presenting the backstop agreement as temporary.
“Brexit is for the long term and what is required is a durable, permanent and legally robust agreement that safeguards Irish interests and ensures there is no hard border on the island of Ireland.” CRÍOCH/ENDS