McGinn – UK must stay in Customs Union & Single Market to solve Irish border issue

Commenting on the meeting in Dublin today between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Council President Donald Tusk, Conor McGinn MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said: 

“The clock is ticking and the UK and the EU are still yet to reach agreement on Ireland. If no progress is made this month, the talks will drag on without addressing trade issues until well into next year, with disastrous consequences for British businesses who need certainty.

“It is crucial that progress is made in the talks and that Brexit does not in any way undermine the current settlement on the island of Ireland. That means no return to the borders of the past and no backsliding on any aspect of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Luckily, there is a simple solution available. The UK should remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union. If the Government fails to propose such an obviously workable solution, then people are bound to wonder whether Theresa May’s priority is to secure the best future for our country given how disastrous a no-deal hard Brexit would be for the UK.” 

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