Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said today: “We welcome the agreement that was reached this morning between the EU and UK negotiating teams to allow Brexit talks move to the next phase of negotiations.
“The text is similar to the one outlined to our party on Monday and the addition of section 50 of the report improves the document. What we are seeing here is some of the fallacies of the hard Brexiteers in London being exposed. This makes a softer Brexit more likely and even in the event that the next phase of the talks collapse, we have certain backstop guarantees that a hard border will not arise on the island of Ireland. The other preferred scenario is that it might allow the UK consider again whether it is in their interests to leave the Union.
“We commend the way in which our Government and officials helped broker an agreement and are proud of the fact that there was a united approach in Dáil Éireann and with the other 26 member states, which helped our negotiating position.
“We believe that the Northern Assembly and Institutions should be re-established as soon as possible so that parties in the North can play their part in the more detailed negotiations that will now have to take place. The Irish Government can help restore good relations with the UK by playing an active role in the second phase of talks to ensure that specific sectoral agreements work for everyone.”