Snippet data - viewing only, no editing possible


Label

Field name

Field value


Sitting_Date

06/27/2018 12:00:00 AM


Sitting_Forum


Snippet Ref No

SnippetRefNo

Y00100

Selected Quill

SnippetType

14

Saved Quill

SnippetType_C4D


Selected Quill

SnippetType_1

14

Speaker Name

IndxSpeakerName


Business Category

IndxMainHeadCat

Statements

Sub Category

IndxSubTopic

European Council

Topic

IndxQHeadTopic

Statements

See Also

SeeAlso


Part1

TitlePart1

Dialogue and meetings

Part2

TitlePart2

Government

Part3

TitlePart3

issues relating to

Volume

VolumeNo

970

Book No

BookNo

8

Pdf Ref

PdfPageRef


Default Business Index

IndexViewCategoryDefault


3 Part Title Business Index

IndexViewCategoryTitle

Government\Dialogue and meetings

Default Topic Index

IndexViewCategoryDefaultSpeaker

Statements\European Council

3 Part Topic Index

IndexViewCategoryTitleSpeaker

European Council\Statements
Government\Dialogue and meetings\issues relating to\Statements
Statements\European Council

Motion Code

MotionCode


Motion Title

MotionTitle


Stage

MotionStage


Amendment No

MotionAmendmentNo


Bill Code

BillCode


Bill Title

BillTitle


Stage

BillStage


Section

BillSection


Statement Code

StatementCode

S

Statement Title

StatementTitle

European Council

Stage

StatementStage

Statements

Hour Indicator

HourIndicator

Not applicable

Procedural Instruction

Procedural_Instruction

No

Debate Adjourned

DebateAdjourned

No

Question Askee

QAskee


Question Asker

QAsker


Question Department

QDept


Question ID

QID


Question Reference

QRef


Question Speaker PID

QSpeakerPID


Question Speaker PID To

QSpeakerPIDTo


Questions Asked

QUESTIONSASKED


Speaker Type

SpeakerType


Speaker Name

Senator


Deputy


Minister


Witness


Chairman


ViceChairman


ActingChairmanD


ActingChairmanS


Speaker4Display

Speaker4Display


Speaker

Speaker


SpeakerPID

SpeakerPID


SpeakerText

SpeakerText


OriginalUnidSnippet

OriginalUnidSnippet

C273ECEC8CBE74A2802582B9004BB7D2

LastModifiedSnippet

LastModifiedSnippet

10/11/2019 02:48:14 PM

TopicIndex1stCategoryValues

TopicIndex1stCategoryValues

Snippet Contents:

The backstop was sold by the Taoiseach, to quote just a few of the descriptions he has used, as "bulletproof", "concrete", "cast-iron" and "rock-solid", yet six months on there has been no progress on turning it into an agreed legal text or in reconciling the Taoiseach's interpretation of the backstop with the claim he made on 8 December that there would be no new barriers between Northern Ireland and Britain.
Following passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill last week in Westminster, Brexit is for the first time a legal fact in British law. There appears to be no reasonable scenario whereby it can be reversed and Brexiteers now have a stronger hand. Equally, there are 39 billion reasons to believe that the momentum for a withdrawal treaty is unstoppable. Given how Ireland cried wolf about suspending the negotiations if London tried to backslide, we must assume our Government accepts this.
What is the dynamic which has taken a non-productive strategy over the past six months and delivered a new impetus behind the type of deal we were told was already in the bag last December? Is it really the Taoiseach's position that our Government can go through this process without proposing anything concrete? Do we really have no proposals as to how continued free trade would work on this island? Unless something serious is done, the final status paper the United Kingdom Government is to produce will be the new focus of negotiations and will confirm that Ireland is directly linked to this wider issue. We need this summit to mark the end of a period of tough talk matched by ongoing drift. We need our Government to put aside the spin and be direct and honest about how it believes this process can reasonably end.