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Special status within the EU the only safeguard – O'Dowd

4 October, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Brexit John O’Dowd has said special status and remaining within the Customs Union and Single Market is the only solution safeguarding the Irish economy and Good Friday Agreement.

The Upper Bann MLA said:

“Brexit will be a disaster for our agri-food sector, farmers and rural communities. 

“The leak of this memo from the office of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker demonstrates that the European Union recognised this and are looking at solutions. 

“Those who advocate leaving the EU are living in denial, and putting their own narrow ideological position above the vote of the people of the North, the needs of the economy and rights of citizens of the entire island of Ireland.

“This memo is looking at only one aspect of Brexit and its potential damage to the entire island of Ireland

“What is required is a comprehensive solution that means no EU frontier on the island of Ireland and safeguarding the economy and the Good Friday Agreement. 

“The way forward is designated special status and remaining within the Customs Union and Single Market.”

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