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Taoiseach must ensure all-island interests take primacy – Adams

7 November, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said this afternoon that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny must take an all-island approach to tackling the challenges posed by Brexit, and that ‘advocating a special designated status for the north within the European Union’ must form the basis of the government’s negotiation strategy within the EU.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Taoiseach’s comments in relation to Brexit this morning again fail to recognise the urgent need for the Irish government to advocate an all-island approach to tackling the challenges faced by Brexit in the time ahead.

“The Taoiseach rightly recognises the potential challenges posed by any imposition of border controls and the impact the loss of European funding could have in the north, but has stopped short of advocating for the vote of citizens in the north to remain in the European Union.

“The fact is that Brexit presents massive challenges for Ireland in its entirety, north and the south, and tackling those challenges on an all-island basis, in the truly nation sense of the word, is what is required. If the Irish government does not advocate for such a position, who will? 

“The choice is simple; the Taoiseach can allow the Tory government in London to set the pace and undermine the progress of recent years, or he can pursue the credible path to argue at European level and with the British government for the north to be designated a special status within the EU that minimises the impact on our national interests.” 

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