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Adams welcomes convincing Dáil vote on Brexit motion

16 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed today’s vote which has seen the Dáil adopt a composite motion from Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil which calls on the government to negotiate for the North to be designated a special status within the EU.

Gerry Adams said:

“Today’s successful vote puts an onus on the Irish government to defend the democratic mandate of citizens in the North to remain within the EU. This means the North being designated a special status within the EU.

The vote requires that the government should protect the Good Friday Agreement, its institutions, human rights guarantees, all-Ireland bodies and the right to achieve a United Ireland by referendum.

This is an important step forward. It must be grasped by the government and the designated status position should now be part of its approach to all of its engagements with other EU states and the Commission.

The EU has demonstrated its ability to be flexible in coming forward with pragmatic arrangements for dealing with complex situations. 25 Overseas Countries and Territories have a special relationship status with the EU.

I have repeatedly called on the Taoiseach and government to agree a strategic approach to the negotiations with clear political, economic and trade objectives. They must protect the interests of all citizens on the island of Ireland, defend the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that the frontier between the EU and Britain is not on the island of Ireland.”

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