Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

9th July, 2018

May’s Brexit plans in tatters with the resignation of 3 Senior Ministers – Breathnach

– Her plans for a “soft Brexit” have back-fired with the resignation of three senior ministers in 24 hours –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has said that May’s plans for a “soft Brexit” which were hammered out in an all-day meeting at Chequers have completely back-fired after the resignation of three senior ministers in 24 hours. Her cabinet are deeply divided on the plan to maintain a “Common Rule Book” with the European Union after Brexit. This is the stated reason for the resignation of Brexit Secretary David Davis, who said that such a deal would be problematic.

“His resignation was closely followed by the resignation of Steve Baker, Brexit Minister, who said that his Department were kept out of the loop on the Government policy which was agreed at Chequers on Friday.”

“Today we saw the resignation of Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary. It looks like Mrs May’s cabinet is falling to pieces, and I can’t see agreement or recovery coming out of this”.

“The common rule book sees EU member states following the same standards and regulations. This is part of the single market rulebook on goods and services. The soft Brexit plan would see the British Government maintaining some parts of this rulebook to allow frictionless trade at the border. Hard Brexiteers are saying however that this means Britain will lose any power it has at the European Council and EU Commission but still have to follow their rules. They will become a rule taker and no longer a rule maker.

“As spokesperson for North-South Bodies and Cross Border Co-Operation, our Government needs to step up its efforts now with the British Cabinet in disarray, and protect EU rights and funding for Northern Ireland, and for Ireland. Northern Ireland, one of the EU’s poorest regions benefit from six different EU funding schemes, and we need to have guarantees in place for CAP payments for Northern Ireland and in relation to trade and the Common Fisheries Policy and negotiating a bilateral deal with Ireland on fishing rights. Now is the time for our Government to get strong on insisting that the EU looks after Ireland in these negotiations and its not just lip-service. The buck stops with the back-stop.

“With May’s cabinet in pieces, I can see what I have predicted all along – Brexit may not happen! There is a groundswell of support for the Liberal Democrats campaign “Exit from Brexit”. Watch this space.”

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