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Taoiseach cannot create a democratic deficit on the back of Brexit – David Cullinane TD

5 December, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD, said today that the north must be represented in the EU parliament post-brexit and called on an Taoiseach to bring forward the necessary legislation to make it happen.
 
Deputy Cullinane said:
 
“It is clear from the British Attorney General’s advice that under the backstop or some future agreement the North will have a permanent relationship with the EU.
 
“The north will be in the customs union and elements of the single market and will be subject to EU law.
 
“This means that it will have a form of special status within the EU.
 
“This also means that the north would have a democratic deficit unless it retains has EU representation.
 
“It is vital, therefore, that the people of the north have their voices heard in the European Parliament, and it is within the remit of the Irish government to do so.
 
“This has to be done.
 
“I call on an Taoiseach to ensure that all the people of the north who currently have a right to vote in EU elections will retain that right through the allocation of the two extra EU seats that the Irish state will receive as a result of Brexit.
 
“This is an imperative and within the remit of the government to deliver. I call on an Taoiseach to do so.”

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