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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Preparation of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 October 2018 (debate)

  Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, as we debate here this morning, the competing wings of British conservativism are battling it out in Birmingham about the meaning of Brexit. A carnival of reaction if ever I saw one. What’s clear is that none of the Tories have any real concern about Ireland other than using us to score points in their internal party battle. None of them shows any commitment to previous agreements. They are so clueless that one thinks he can build a bridge between the islands, literally over a one million tonne unstable weapons dump, and another thinks he can currently spend sterling in Dublin.

So some selectively interpret the Good Friday Agreement to try to get privileged access to EU markets without having to follow any of the rules, while others would happily tear up that agreement along with the commitments they have already made in the Brexit negotiation.

And Mr Farage says the border was not an issue during the referendum. Well he’s dead right it wasn’t, because that just shows you the level of Brexiteer ignorance that there was during the referendum of the history of Ireland. So the Dublin government and the EU must hold firm and insist that the rights of people in Ireland are not up for negotiation and that Ireland will not be collateral damage.

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