Customs checks are ‘political vandalism’ to the Good Friday Agreement – Doherty TD

first_imgDonegal TD Pearse Doherty has called on the Government to clarify details of discussions with the European Commission over the location of custom checks in Ireland.The call comes as the government plans to enter negotiations with the European Commission to discuss where cross-border trade checkpoints will be located in the event of a no-deal Brexit.But such a move would be ‘a retrograde step for the country and the peace process’, warns Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty. He said: “Any imposition of custom checks is a backward step for this country. The fact that such political vandalism is now being discussed is proof that the interests of the British Government and the peace process are now irreconcilable.“The Tánaiste should not be forced to choose between the single market and the Good Friday Agreement. Any impediment to trade and movement on this island will damage Border communities, harm the economy and undermine the architecture of the Good Friday Agreement.”Deputy Doherty said the government must clarify what checks they are discussing with the Commission and what their purpose will be.He added: “Ultimately, the only sustainable solution to this problem is the removal of the border. While the Government may not want to face up to the fact now, it is incumbent on everyone who cares about the future of this island to plan for its ultimate reconciliation.” Customs checks are ‘political vandalism’ to the Good Friday Agreement – Doherty TD was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img