Declan Breathnach TD Louth (and East Meath)

19th August, 2019

Breathnach says leaked “cuckoo” document on Brexit very worrying for Ireland

–  document should be nicknamed cuckoo rather than yellowhammer as Britain through Budgie Boris wants to throw Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales out of the nest –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach says that the leaked document on Brexit merely backs up all the warnings that Ireland has been outlining about the fallout from a no-deal Brexit.  Most serious of these is the possibility of a return of a border on the island of Ireland – something which cannot and should not be countenanced.

“The leaked document should be nicknamed cuckoo rather than yellowhammer as Britain through Budgie Boris wants to throw Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales out of the nest through what they see as position of strength having bullied their way into the best situation for them as they see it”.

“I have said this many times – a no deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the island of Ireland – and this document catalogues a sector by sector impact on the UK, but there will also huge implications for these areas in Ireland. Given the makeup of the North’s economy, structured around the SME and agri-food sector, and the very tight supply chains linking North-South and East-West the effects of a no deal Brexit would be severe and damaging.

“Over the past three years we have been appealing to all sides to adopt a logical and reasonable approach and yet we find ourselves facing the prospect of a major economic and social catastrophe in just over two months’ time, therefore, despite the leaking of such a detailed and hard-hitting document, we should not expect the UK government to change its approach given the determination it has shown in recent weeks to leave the EU at any cost.

“The government here must step up its preparations for a no deal Brexit.  It has been evident since March that Ministers have taken their foot off the pedal in terms of preparations for all Brexit outcomes and we are now playing catch up.  Today’s story should act as a wake-up call to the very real possibility that the UK will crash out of the EU on the 31st October and Ireland will be left reeling in the aftermath.

“Reports of food, fuel and medicine shortages in Britain will surely result in some form of contagion in Ireland because of our extensive use of the UK land bridge.

“There needs to be a greater sense of urgency from the government as well as more transparency about our level of preparedness for all Brexit eventualities.  The October deadline is drawing closer but there is a real absence of information about where we are in terms of readiness for a no-deal outcome”, concluded Breathnach.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638) (T) 01 6183549 (Email)  declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie