Tuesday 17 July 2018

EU won't 'sell us down the river' on Brexit, says McEntee

European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Mark Condren
European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee. Photo: Mark Condren
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee insists the EU won't "sell us down the river" over Brexit.

Ms McEntee made the remarks in the wake of last week's European Council meeting that saw no progress in relation to solutions for the Irish Border.

She also brushed aside suggestions the Government should be pressing for another summit to deal with Irish issues prior to the next scheduled council meeting in October.

Opposition politicians have raised concerns that the Border will end up being lumped in with talks on the future of trade with the UK and the withdrawal treaty at the October meeting.

But Ms McEntee said further talks between the EU and UK, not another council meeting, were necessary.

"The suggestion that there isn't solidarity for Ireland and that this is going to come to a few hours in the dead of night and the EU is suddenly going to sell us down the river - that's not going to happen," she said.

She made the comments on RTÉ's 'The Week in Politics', where Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan said what was "crucial" now was to ensure there was a guarantee from Britain on avoiding a hard Border in Ireland.

Elsewhere, British Housing Secretary James Brokenshire was asked about criticism from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that the UK should have had a post-Brexit plan two years ago.

Mr Brokenshire told the BBC he remained confident that this week's special UK cabinet meeting on Brexit would result in "clear direction" and a white paper that follows would set out the British "vision for our future with our EU partners".

Irish Independent

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