Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Darragh O’Brien has responded to the news that no permanent slot has been allocated to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on the 12 person Brexit Cabinet Committee recently established by Prime Minister Theresa May.
Deputy O'Brien commented, "The decision of the British Prime Minister not to include the Northern Ireland Secretary in the Cabinet Committee dealing with the issue of Brexit is a very worrying signal and raises serious question marks over just how seriously the British Government is taking the unique threats facing Northern Ireland arising from Brexit.
"The core question of border controls remains, and as each week passes it becomes increasingly clear that those who advocated for Brexit have no real idea of what it means. However, the issues facing the North are immediate and they are real. The idea that the British Minister with responsibility for Northern Ireland would not be on the Cabinet Committee examining these issues is baffling.
"We will be raising our concerns in the strongest possible terms with the British Ambassador."