Brexit time extension presents unique opportunity for a deal

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Fidelma Healy Eames

Fidelma Healy Eames

According to MEP Independent candidate for the Midlands North West, Dr. Fidelma Healy Eames, the new Irish MEPs that will be elected on May 24 will have a unique opportunity to bridge a Brexit deal.

She stated, "The time extension presents us with a unique opportunity to find a Brexit deal that will be acceptable to all sides.

"As things stand no one is telling Ireland’s story in the UK. Sinn Fein have an abstentionist policy, the DUP are in a world of their own and the Irish Government is overly-focused on Brussels."

Eames said we need to build good relations with the UK, who currently import six out of every ten Irish bullocks. 

"We need to be reaching out to Britain to include them in the triad of negotiations. This is a real opportunity for Irish MEPs to make a difference. As your new MEP, I will use the opportunity of the Brexit extension to establish and build good relations with UK MEPs to find solutions that both the British and Irish governments can accept in order to bridge a deal that can be agreed at EU level.

"I am a trained facilitator and have the skills and temperament to lead this process. A Brexit deal is essential to safeguarding trade for our farmers, fisheries and all export-reliant businesses while at the same time forging strong bonds between both countries and maximizing areas which hold opportunity for Ireland."

EU candidate Eames says the relations between the UK and Ireland need to be built upon now to help ensure a deal is reached.

"Theresa May is on record as having said she hopes that Ireland and the UK will continue to work well together after Brexit and build an even closer relationship. But timing is critical and the extension gives us that. We need to build that relationship now to ensure we get a deal in the first place." she said. 

"The EU are also on record as having said they will only support an agreement that Ireland is happy with. This is our starting point and the foundation on which we need to build. We need to build on the advantage that all the stakeholders involved in the decision making are rooting for Ireland. We have to stop talking about what can’t be done and start focusing on what we can do."
  
Eames said if elected in May, she will play a big part in the bridge building process with the UK. 

"Things are going to change in the EU because of the UK withdrawal. We need to have a strong voice in what that change will look like. Any group that cannot manage and implement change is doomed to failure. Ireland must not be one of them." she concluded.