Updated: 09/12/17 : 06:43:34Printable Version
Fine Gael T.D. for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has said that the breakthrough in the Brexit negotiations this morning which was announced by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, will mean that there will be no return to the borders of the past in the border counties. Deputy McLoughlin “This deal ensures a bright future for the border counties of Ireland. For so long, they were constrained by a hard border with the UK that hindered our prosperity and security.
“Since the Good Friday Agreement we have prospered from increased trade and economic prosperity along the border. This deal will mean that Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal will continue to prosper into the future.
“The vast majority of people on this island recognise the importance of maintaining the free movement of people and goods on our island, whatever Brexit brings. Protecting this has been the Government’s main aim since the UK votes to leave the European Union."
“Whilst our opponents often criticised our approach to Brexit, it is vitally important to note that the Irish Government achieved all of its targeted goals in Phase 1 of the negotiations, including preserving the Common Travel Area, protecting the Good Friday Agreement and, crucially, obtaining a guarantee that there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland post Brexit.“It is important to remember everyone involved in achieving this win. Our Government and the EU negotiating team are rightfully receiving praise for this hard work.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in our tremendous diplomatic efforts across Europe and the world. All the political parties have rowed in behind the Government at this monumentally important time for our country and that too needs to be recognised.
“The Good Friday Agreement is the framework for peace and prosperity on this island. I am delighted that it will be protected. This is a good day for our island and the border region in particular,” McLoughlin concluded.