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Irish government must fight to ensure North remains in the EU – Quinlivan

18 January, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has expressed concern for the future of businesses in the border region and for the future of cross border trade.

Speaking following yesterday’s speech from Theresa May’s on Brexit, Deputy Quinlivan said:

“I am very concerned about the future of cross-border trade and what British withdrawal from the single market will mean for businesses and workers in the border region.

“The border economy and the indeed the all-Ireland economy is dependent on the free movement of people and goods throughout the island of Ireland.

“The lack of clarity in Theresa May’s speech regarding the customs union coupled with the prospect of Britain leaving the single market is extremely worrying for all-Ireland trade.

“A UK departure from the EU’s customs union would raise the prospect of the introduction of tariffs on Irish goods crossing the border into the UK in the absence of an agreement around the issue of tariff-free trade.

“Business representative association such as IBEC and ISME and small to medium business in the border region are on record as saying that a UK departure from the customs union has the potential to seriously damage trade between the north and the Republic, and deeply damage British-Irish economic relations.

“There is an obligation on the Irish government and indeed the EU to ensure the north remains within the EU and that it is designated an area of special status.

“The economic prosperity, trade relationship and labour market of the north and the surrounding border region must be protected as it is an integral and important part of the all-Ireland economy.” 

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