This is my speech from the extraordinary plenary earlier today.

We stand by the vote of Ireland, which like Scotland voted Remain. We accept, respect and will defend the clear wishes of the people of the north of Ireland.

However, if English votes drag us out of the EU against our democratic will that is simply “Britannia waives the rules”

I tell you, the last thing that Ireland could tolerate would be an EU border with 27 Member States stuck right in the heart of it!