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British and Irish governments must respect vote of north - McElduff

28 November, 2016 - by Barry McElduff


Sinn Féin MLA Barry McElduff has said the British and Irish governments must recognise and respect the vote of the majority of people in the north to remain in the EU. 

Speaking at a meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Association in Cardiff, Mr McElduff said; 

"The majority in the North democratically expressed their view that we should remain in the EU – that vote must be recognised and respected. 

"It cannot be dismissed or swept aside by the British government. In fact, it is the only thing that is certain surrounding the outcome of the EU referendum. 

"Any border, hard, soft, digital, British, EU, or any other label that may be applied is bad for Ireland. 

"We have unique circumstances in the North and that must be recognised. We need to explore alternatives to Brexit, which would afford the North a designated special status within the EU. 

"In order to achieve designated special status within the EU for the north political will is required, particularly on the part of the Irish government. 

"They will have a unique and powerful role in the upcoming negotiations and need to represent Ireland's national interest and the best interests of all Irish citizens across the island."

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