Friday 20 September 2019

FF demands detail on plans for no-deal disaster

  

Lisa Chambers said the Government needs to say how no deal would affect life here. Picture: Collins
Lisa Chambers said the Government needs to say how no deal would affect life here. Picture: Collins
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

The Government must ramp up preparations for a no-deal Brexit and tell people what will happen at the Border in a worst case scenario, Fianna Fáil has warned.

Brexit spokesperson Lisa Chambers said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend parliament increased the risk of a crash-out and accused the Government of failing to "clearly outline what a no-deal Brexit will look like".

She said farmers and exporters had been "left in the lurch" and unable to get a straight answer on where the Border checks will be.

"The Government has simply not been open with its plans," Ms Chambers claimed, and thus had left businesses unable to properly prepare.

She demanded more details on Government talks with the European Commission on the possibility of checks and controls on goods taking place away from the Border with Northern Ireland.

Fine Gael Senator Neale Richmond responded to the criticism, insisting that the Government continues to intensify its no-deal planning, including contacts with businesses trading with the UK.

He said: "High level engagement is ongoing with the European Commission on key outstanding issues, including on potential supports for Ireland and affected sectors and how we will ensure we protect the peace process and the single market in the event of a no-deal Brexit."

He accused Ms Chambers of "political mudslinging" that "doesn't make these discussions any easier".

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan called for the Dáil to be recalled early by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to debate the "evolving Brexit crisis".

A Government source brushed aside this request, saying that the Cabinet will discuss the latest Brexit developments next week.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said that Mr Johnson's move "demonstrates his clear intent to force through a no-deal Brexit, regardless of the consequences for Ireland; North or south".

However, her party again rejected any suggestion it would take up its seven Westminster seats in a bid to influence the course of Brexit.

Irish Independent

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