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‘Staggering admission proves Ireland is collateral damage to Brexiteers’ – O’Neill

29 November, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Today’s admission from the British Government that it hasn’t carried out any assessments analysing the impact of Brexit on the North of Ireland is staggering, Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O’Neill has said.

“Britain’s Brexit Minister Robin Walker admitted in Westminster today that they have still not carried out any specific Brexit impact assessments on the north of Ireland,” Michelle O’Neill commented.

“That is a staggering admission and confirms once again that the people of Ireland are merely collateral damage in the Tory-DUP right-wing agenda for a hard Brexit.”

Earlier, Michelle O’Neill led a Sinn Féin delegation also including Chris Hazzard MP and Michelle Gildernew MP, which met with Labour MPs Owen Smith and Jenny Chapman. Afterwards, she reiterated that the only way to protect Ireland from Brexit was special status for the North.

“Sinn Féin is arguing the case for Designated Special Status for the north of Ireland within the EU,” Michelle O’Neill said. 

“Access to the single market, the biggest trading bloc in the world, and the customs union means no borders or trade tariffs.

“There is already support for Designated Special Status within the north, in the European Parliament and in the Dáil and there is robust legal opinion that this can be delivered.

“The Tories and DUP must end their Brexit delusions, and urgently provide answers to a Brexit border in Ireland. The alternative is economic, social and political chaos.” 

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