Northern Ireland 'sold out' by Prime Minister in European Union negotiations, MPs told

Kenny Grant
November 20, 2018

Members of the SDLP, Sinn Fein, Alliance and Northern Ireland Green Party met Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Thursday in Dublin.

"It's my firm hope and my intent in everything we work for and do to ensure the backstop does not need to be put into practice".

DUP MP Jim Shannon later told Mrs May Northern Ireland will not be her sacrifice for a "despicable and shoddy" Brexit deal.

"While by no means ideal, it provides a platform to move onto the critical next stage of a comprehensive future trade deal", said a joint statement from the Confederation of British Industry Northern Ireland, Federation of Small Businesses, Institute of Directors and Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

He added: "I know looking at things today that it looks like it's going to be very hard to win the vote in the House of Commons but I think as reality kicks in and as the precipice approaches, you may find more and more people becoming willing to support this deal".

"In a no-deal scenario it would be very difficult to avoid a hard border because of the obvious fact that, as Ireland remaining part of the European Union, we would no doubt be asked to implement European law", he said. We can not guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired.

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We simply could not absorb increased customs, tariffs and regulatory costs on trade between Northern Ireland and the EU.

The group said the agreement was "significant" for citizens in the North and not the time for "incendiary language". "We believe that a border in the Irish Sea is not in the interests of our farmers or our business owners, because Great Britain is by far our biggest and best market".

"Will she not accept that at this stage not only are we all being collectively sold out, but the people of Northern Ireland are being sold out absolutely?"

Ms Murphy added: "Earlier this week I was in Westminster, addressing a Parliamentary Committee on the issue of Brexit and the potential impact on the Ports".

"It effects all of us equally".

Mrs May has also faced a backlash from Tory Brexiteers and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), amid suggestions of moves to force a no-confidence vote.

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