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Brexit: Sinn Fein to press Taoiseach Varadkar on backstop guarantee

Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said the current Withdrawal Agreement is the “least worst option” (Niall Carson/PA)
Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill said the current Withdrawal Agreement is the “least worst option” (Niall Carson/PA)

Sinn Fein has said it is to press the Taoiseach on ensuring the backstop has not been diminished following the latest deal between the EU and the UK.

Theresa May said she had secured "legally-binding" changes to the withdrawal agreement while Leo Varadkar said there has been no change to the withdrawal agreement and rather gave clarity and assurances.

Commenting on last night’s developments in Strasbourg, Sinn Fein deputy leader Michele O’Neill said: “There is no good Brexit for the island of Ireland.

“The people of the north voted against it and do not want it.

“We must ensure that there is no return to a hard border in Ireland and no undermining of the Good Friday Agreement.

“That is what Sinn Fein sought to achieve and the Backstop as contained in the Withdrawal Agreement is the only way to legally guarantee that outcome.

“Sinn Fein will be seeking confirmation from the Taoiseach in the Dáil today that the Withdrawal Agreement and Backstop have not been diminished or diluted in any way.”

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