Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has commented on the leaked British border check proposals and the need for the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil government to lay the ground for an all-Ireland solution to the crisis.
An Teachta Tóibín stated:
“Johnson must know well that his plan for customs checks in Ireland is unacceptable. The British government know full well that any type of border infrastructure, whatever form it takes, is unacceptable to the people of Ireland, north and south.
“It seems that Johnson’s tactic is to leave serious negotiation the to the last minute in. Leaving it late will concentrate the pressure on both sides and will also increase the likelihood of a bad deal for Ireland.
“While legislation has been passed in Britain seeking an extension is really important that the government do not become complacent. Also never ending extensions and instability are a threat in their own right.
“The whole Brexit process highlights in flashing neon lights the threat to Ireland’s national interest that exists when London determines whether we can move products, people and services around the island of Ireland.
“The Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil government are miles behind the people north and south when it comes to the obvious all-Ireland solution to this crisis. It’s really important that the government remove their heads from the sand and start to plan. A New Ireland Forum is the vehicle to allow for people from all political backgrounds all over Ireland to start to map out our future north and south.”