Seanad debates

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business


10:30 am

Photo of Ian MarshallIan Marshall (Independent) | Oireachtas source

The Brexit discussions change on a daily basis and, in fact, on an hourly basis at the moment. In the last 48 hours we have witnessed a Prime Minister, after a deal had been rejected, offer the opportunity to separate the votes to leaving without a deal or the opportunity to vote on whether to extend Article 50. We have also witnessed Jeremy Corbyn do a U-turn and move to a position to support a second referendum.

This is a time for cool heads and steady leadership. We need to give space for Westminster to follow protocols and due process to define what will actually happen. It is not a time for inflammatory language or antagonising words. We all need to move away from the rhetoric of a bad deal being better than no deal or of no deal being better than a bad deal because all of this language is unhelpful. We need to recognise once and for all in Britain, Ireland and Europe that there is no such thing as a good Brexit.


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