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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 17 and 18 October 2018 (debate)

  Lynn Boylan (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, as we predicted, the British Government is trying to isolate and understate the issue of the border dividing Ireland. It is saying that we have 95% of the issues solved so therefore it is in the interests of the EU to abandon Ireland. They discovered the bottom line of the EU in December and have been trying to negotiate downwards ever since. The British Government has yet to understand that failure to agree the 5% – the backstop – means that there is no agreement on the 100%.

Time is running out for Theresa May to escape the poisonous embrace of the DUP. The DUP are a busted flush. They do not even represent the majority view of the North of Ireland. They speak out of both sides of their mouth on regulatory divergence from Britain – just ask the LGBT community and the women who travel to Britain every day for abortions. It is time that Theresa May restores trust in the negotiations and signs what she agreed in December.

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