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Demand for north to have designated status within the EU - O'Dowd

30 November, 2016 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said there is a demand from the community and voluntary sector in the North to have designated special status within the EU. 

Speaking after attending a panel discussion organised Féile an Phobail called 'Brexit - A case for special status,' Mr O'Dowd said; 

"This morning's discussion was positive and reflected a wide range of views but the central message was clear; the majority of people in the North voted to remain in the EU and that vote must be recognised and respected. 

"There is widespread concern across society about the potential of being dragged out of the EU against our will. 

"Across society there is a growing demand for the remain vote of the North to be respected, as we have seen with Border Communities Against Brexit and events like this organised by the community and voluntary sector. 

"It is clear the British government hasn't got a clue what it is doing over Brexit and gives little or no thought to how it will impact on communities here. 

"The Irish government too needs to act in the best interests of all Irish citizens and work to secure designated special status for the north within the EU."

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