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Minister Flanagan must press need for north to remain in the EU - Gerry Adams TD

8 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, in advance of a meeting between the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan and Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting for European Union David Davis, has said Minister Flanagan must express the need for both governments to explore ways in which the vote of the majority of people in the north to remain in the EU can be respected.

He also said the Taoiseach needs to establish the proposed all-Ireland forum as soon as possible.

Teachta Adams said:

“Minister Flanagan should make clear to Brexit Minister David Davis the fact that the majority of people in the north, unionist, nationalist and republican, voted to remain in the European Union and that the British government should recognise and respect that vote. 

“The consequences of the Brexit vote are unknown and unprecedented across Europe, and create massive challenges, but also opportunities that need to be harnessed, and it is vital that both the Irish and British governments explore ways in which the north can remain as part of the EU.

“We also need to see movement from the Taoiseach and the government on the proposed all-Ireland forum as soon as possible.

“It is vital that voices from the civic, business, agricultural and other sectors, as well as political representatives from across the entire island have a space in which to deliberate and discuss the implications of Brexit and the major impact it will have on all aspects of Irish society.”

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