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Reality of reckless Tory Brexit hitting home – O’Dowd

14 August, 2017 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said today that the reality of the reckless Tory Brexit agenda is starting to hit home.

John O’Dowd said:

“The negotiations on Britain’s exit from the EU are underway. It’s clear that the reality of the reckless Tory Brexit agenda is starting to hit home fast.

“Theresa May and her government are walking away from the single market – the biggest trading bloc in the world.

“They are trying now to sell the idea of a preferential trade agreement and customs arrangement, which would be unique to only Britain and the EU.

“It's time they got real. It's time they realised they are negotiating with 27 other governments and members of the EU, who will defend their own national self interest and collective interests as a union and within the EU frameworks.

“Sinn Féin will continue to robustly defend the cross-community majority in the North who democratically voted to Remain.

“We will work with the other parties in the North who also campaigned to Remain, and the Irish Government who have a moral and legal duty to safeguard citizens in the North, their entitlements and also the political, institutional and constitutional framework within which the Good Friday Agreement is premised.

“The best solution is for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU, single market, customs union and common travel area together.

“This can be achieved through designated special status for the North within the EU, avoiding any economic border and retaining the free movement of people, goods and services.”

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