The shift in policy in relation to Brexit by the British Labour party is a welcome development, Fine Gael Senator and spokesman on EU affairs, Neale Richmond has said.
Speaking last night, Senator Richmond said sensible solutions – as outlined by MP Keir Starmar – can lessen the impact of Brexit.
“Ultimately the ideal solution would be the UK abandoning Brexit and remaining in the EU but in the absence of that we must take every opportunity to minimise the damage that Brexit will cause,” Senator Richmond said.
“The announcement by Keir Starmer that the British Labour Party will seek for the UK to remain in both the Single Market and Customs Union is a very welcome shift in his party’s Brexit policy.
“This announcement is the type of imaginative solution referenced by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in his recent speech at Queen’s University and it would be a very welcome outcome for Ireland.
“If the UK where to remain in both the single market and customs union much of the problems highlighted relating to the return of a border in Ireland or impact on the export industry would be removed.
“The suggestion of a timely transition period is also eminently sensible, avoiding the so called ‘cliff edge’, giving all those that will be impacted the time to prepare and adjust for Brexit.
“I am hopeful that Mr Starmer’s proposals will be looked at seriously and positively by other UK parties, particularly the more reasonable elements of the Conservative Party,” Senator Richmond said.
“Serious scrutiny needs to be put on the UK Government by their opposition and by the EU through the negotiations to ensure the damage of Brexit is minimised as much as possible.
“I look forward to working with Lords and MPs from all parties and none on an inter parliamentary level to help this process,” Senator Richmond concluded.