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EU Accepts logic of designated special status - Irish Government must follow - David Cullinane TD

9 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has today expressed his agreement with EU negotiators that the North must stay in the customs union and single market, and voiced his disappointment that the Taoiseach and Tániste are on a different page.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"On Tuesday during leaders' questions I put it to the Taoiseach that the only practical solution to the Brexit border issue was for the North to stay within the customs union, single market, and EU legal framework.

"The Taoiseach rejected this, calling it divisive.

"Today we learn that EU negotiators have drafted a legal document that will see the North stay within the customs union, single market, and EU legal framework.

"Having been outplayed by Theresa May and Boris Johnson in December, the Taoiseach is now behind the curve with regard to the EU's own strategy.

"The Taoiseach and Tániste have been playing politics with the North and Brexit.

"They did not want to be seen in public to agree with Sinn Féin's analysis.

"This led them to dismiss our proposals as divisive in order to keep the Fine Gael base happy.

"The EU Commission, however, sees and accepts the logic of special status.

"It's time for the Taoiseach to do the same."

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