Remain vote in the north must be upheld and defended - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions this afternoon, has said that the vote of citizens in the north to remain in the European Union must be upheld and defended.
He said that it is in our national and strategic interests that the Irish government takes an all-island view of the future and actively seeks a special designated status for the north within the EU that ensures there will not be a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Teachta Adams said:
“Since the Brexit referendum result on the 23rd June last year, it has been clear that the British government intends to leave the EU and bring the north with it; in defiance of the vote of the people in part of our country.
“It has also been clear that if this is allowed to happen, the land frontier between the EU and the British State will be on the island of Ireland. It will run from Derry to Dundalk.
“So what has the government’s response been to this? Generally speaking, it has been to wait and see what the British might say next. It has been to watch their game, instead of concentrating on our own.
“In fairness, the Taoiseach did set up the all-island civic dialogue after initially dismissing this idea when Sinn Féin first proposed it, and I know he has said his priorities are trade and the economy, the Common Travel Area, the peace process and the future of the EU.
“That’s fair enough, but it does not match the significance or importance of what is happening.
“The starting point of the government’s position has to be to actively seek a special designated status for the north within the European Union that will uphold the democratic vote of citizens there, but will also ensure that the frontier between the EU and Britain will not be on the island of Ireland.
“That is crucially important for both parts of our island.
“It is also in our national and strategic interests that the government takes an all-island view of the future, instead of an over reliance on our relationship with Britain and acquiescence to the British position.”