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Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said the Irish government needs a dedicated plan to see the entire island of Ireland remain in the EU and that they should begin a high profile and sustained lobby of the EU to ensure all of Ireland remains inside the EU on the basis of credible, practical and sustainable proposals.

"It is clear there is a great deal of uncertainty over the plans by the British government to leave the EU,” he said.

Mickey Brady MP at the Brexit protest at the border recently. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Mickey Brady MP at the Brexit protest at the border recently. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

"There is a responsibility on the Irish government to act decisively over this uncertainty.

"The Irish government needs to represent all Irish citizens and work with other parties to convince other EU member states that the whole island of Ireland must remain in the EU."

The MP believes the British Government can not be trusted to represent the people of the north and rubbished claims by British Minister David Davis that he wants ‘the most effective possible open market’ across Ireland in the event of an EU exit.

“The people of the north cannot have any confidence in the British Tory government when it comes to protecting their interests,” he said.

“Today’s remarks from David Davis that he wants ‘the most effective possible open market’ across Ireland in the event of Brexit is nothing but more empty rhetoric.

“He has offered no explanation as to how he or the British government will achieve this given that it is not in its gift.

“Mr Davis cannot commit to anything as neither he nor British Prime Minister Theresa May can provide even an outline of what Brexit will mean.

“What we do know for certain is that the people of the north voted to remain on 23 June and that vote needs to be respected.”

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