Sinn Féin’s Chris Hazzard MP has called for a continued focus on Ireland as Brexit negotiations look set to move into the second phase which will explore future trading arrangements.
The South Down MP said:
“Friday’s agreement is merely a snapshot of where the negotiations currently stand; it’s important to remember that it is most definitely not the final deal.
“The focus now is on the parallel talks relating to Ireland and trade. It is vital that the European & British negotiators respect the democratic mandate of people locally to stay in the Customs Union, the Single Market, and within the jurisdiction of the European Courts of Justice.
Mr Hazzard added:
“Now is not the time to be celebrating while we haven’t even gotten to stage two of the talks.
“While Friday’s report indicates progress, it is not by any stretch of the imagination the full protection needed for the island of Ireland after Brexit.”