Barnier’s Brexit warnings key for Ireland – Richmond

-   Neale Richmond, TD

Fine Gael TD, Neale Richmond, has said warnings from EU Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, are key for Ireland. Deputy Richmond was speaking ahead of a key week in Brexit negotiations.

Deputy Richmond said, “There is no such thing as a good Brexit; not for Ireland and not for the EU. Even the most ardent of Brexiteers have failed to actually show how the UK will benefit from Brexit beyond aspiration.

“Michel Barnier’s warnings that the UK must keep its promises, as per the already ratified political declaration and Withdrawal Agreement, now Treaty, are key for Ireland.

“Both the EU and the UK aspire to negotiate a close and fair deal for a future relationship. Such a relationship has to be based on respecting the rules and standards of the EU’s Single Market. If someone wants to enjoy the benefits of the world’s largest economic bloc, they cannot cherry pick from it.

“A future relationship that could undermine the rules and standards of the Single Market would be disastrous for Irish exporters and businesses that compete on a global stage. Anything that would compromise and undercut the high standards is a non starter. That has been understood by all parties in these negotiations since before the Brexit Referendum.

“This is a vital week in terms of Brexit negotiations. The clock is ticking and with no sign of the UK seeking an extension, the prospect of no deal is unfortunately very real.

“Such an eventuality would be the worst case scenario for all parties and every effort should be made to avoid it. However, this requires all parties to keep their promises. Ireland in particular must be attuned to Mr Barnier’s warnings.”

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