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No legal impediment to Special Designated Status for the North within the EU – Cullinane

18 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Brexit David Cullinane TD has welcomed the publication of Independent Legal Opinion from Doughty Street Chambers, London. The publication, ‘Report on How Designated Special Status for Northern Ireland Within the EU Can be Delivered’, was commissioned by the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament.

Speaking at the launch, Deputy Cullinane said:

“I welcome the launch of this legal advice from Doughty Street chambers today on special status for the north within the EU. 

“It sets it out the case that special status for the north within the EU is legally possible and acknowledges that is it now widely accepted that a unique solution for the north is required. 

“It concludes that Brexit is not compatible with the Good Friday Agreement and identifies a number of possible measures required to protect the agreements post-Brexit including precedents across Europe where states or parts of states have secured unique and special arrangements with the EU. 

“Moreover, this legal opinion also acknowledges that the British government have so far failed to come forward with any credible or workable proposals. 

“To date, the proposals from the British government, such as an electronic border, have been ruled out as unworkable and a return to a hard is not acceptable. It is clear that a technological solution to Brexit is not possible. 

“Brexit is a political problem that requires a political solution. The only way forward is by the north being designated special status within the EU. The discussions between the EU, British Government and the Irish Government must be on the type and model of specials status. 

“The legal opinion makes clear that special status for the within the EU must be the political imperative for the negotiations and there is no legal impediment to achieving this.” 

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