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British and Irish governments must explore ways to respect remain vote - Ó Muilleoir

1 September, 2016 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir


Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said the British and Irish governments must explore ways to respect the vote of the majority of people in the North to remain in the EU if and when Britain decides to exit.

Speaking after meeting with the British government's Brexit secretary David Davis and the British Secretary of State James Brokenshire, Mr Ó Muilleoir said; 

"I met today with David Davis and James Brokenshire to discuss the impact of the recent EU referendum and made clear to him the fact that the majority of people in the North, unionist, nationalist and republican voted to remain in the EU. 

"We expect the British government to recognise and respect that vote. 

“I asked David Davis to underwrite Peace and Interreg applications post Autumn statement and to do so now and asked him to guarantee that EU citizens making their lives here would not be expelled under any circumstances.

"The economic, cultural and social damage an EU border - whether hard or soft - would have on the island of Ireland would be huge. And it would be most keenly felt in border areas. 

“As the Brexit scenario has never happened before there is an opportunity for blue sky thinking abut the North’s position in the EU.

“In short both the British and Irish governments must explore ways in which the North can remain as part of the EU if and when Britain decides to exit.”

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