Fianna Fáil are willing to risk a no deal Brexit, with a senior MEP stating that he will oppose the Withdrawal Agreement, Fine Gael Cork North West General Election Candidate John Paul O’Shea has said.
O’Shea said, “It has emerged today that Fianna Fáil MEP, Billy Kelleher, stated in a letter that he will vote against the Withdrawal Agreement when it reaches the European Parliament in the coming weeks.
“With just 16 days until the UK leaves the EU, Billy Kelleher has stated that he will vote against the Brexit agreement and, thus, in favour of a no-deal crashout that could see a border on the island of Ireland.
“What does Micheál Martin have to say about this position? It seems that it is the same old reckless Fianna Fáil who simply can’t be trusted to lead this country.
“After the election Fianna Fáil could theoretically be representing Ireland in the next stage of the Brexit negotiations when focus turns to the future relationship – how can we trust them when we see this type of reckless statement from a senior member of the party?
“Led by Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Helen McEntee, Fine Gael has ensured that there will be no hard border on the island of Ireland and that citizen’s rights are protected.
“However, the next half will be as challenging as the first.
“We must now negotiate a free trade agreement between the EU and UK and we must ensure that that agreement protects our jobs – particularly in SMEs and the agri-food sector – our economy and our rural and fishing communities.
“Crucial decisions on the Future Relationship with the UK will be made in the coming months.
“We need consistency and order. What Billy Kelleher is proposing will only create disorder.
“Is seems quite clear that this disorderly Fianna Fáil are in favour of a disorderly Brexit,”O’Shea concluded.