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14th November 2018 | Foreign Affairs, Press Releases

Greens Welcome Commitment for a Dáil Debate and Vote on Brexit Deal

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Green Party intend voting for the deal while maintaining a preference for a second referendum in the UK

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan TD said today, “Nobody knows whether the British Cabinet and Parliament will agree to the draft Brexit agreement, but we expect to support it based on the outline of what it contains given by the Taoiseach today. We will vote in this way because we have to avoid a crash-out Brexit, but our preference is still to see the second referendum in the UK, which our colleagues Steven Agnew MLA and Caroline Lucas MP have called for.

“We have been supportive of the approach the Irish Government and EU team have taken in the negotiations and welcome the fact that the Dáil will have an opportunity to debate and vote on the deal.

“Our priority has always been to ensure the Good Friday agreement is protected in whatever is agreed. Our position has never been driven by any Irish nationalist imperative and the scare stories from some in this regard have done the people in Northern Ireland no service.

“We will work with our Green colleague in the UK and across the EU to try and ensure we maintain good relations with the UK parliament, regardless of what decisions they make in the coming days and weeks.”