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Government are 'sleepwalking' into a chaotic disorderly Brexit, say Fianna Fáil

Britain is trying to "bounce" Ireland into agreeing to drop the Irish backstop and the government are "sleepwalking" into a chaotic disorderly Brexit, Fianna Fáil have claimed.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Niall Collins launched the attack on the government's Brexit preparations as he also cautioned about Tory efforts to force Ireland into compromising during negotiations.

Britain was “hoping to try and bounce” Ireland into agreeing to drop the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement, he said. The backstop guarantees there will be no hard border in the event of a no-deal.

"No-one should be in any doubt - the instability of Brexit and the instability faced by the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement are inextricably linked," he said.

"A hard border in Ireland threatens to bring existential threats to many of our industries - it threatens to position us as a permanent economic backwater."

Last month, Fianna Fáil and the SDLP announced a partnership arrangement but also stopped short of merging.

Fianna Fáil, despite criticising the government over its response to Brexit, has said the Opposition party will support the government's emergency legislation to protect Ireland in the event Britain crashes out of the EU next month.

The emergency measures, to ensure transport pensions and healthcare services continue, will come before the Dáil for debate next week.