Brexit report calls for special status designation for the North within EU – Maurice Quinlivan TD
Maurice Quinlivan TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, today welcomed the publication of the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation’s report on ‘The Likely Economic Impact of Brexit with Particular Emphasis on Jobs and Enterprise’.
Deputy Quinlivan said:
“This report is the result of many months of work and engagement with individuals and organisations that have outlined the potential effects on jobs Brexit will have. There was unanimity from these stakeholders that Brexit will have negative consequences on the Irish economy.
“Three different possible configurations for the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU were examined in this report, with details on the effects of each. The Committee identified the scenario of no agreement being reached in the two year window and the trading relationship between the UK and EU reverting to WTO rules as the most likely situation to come.
“This report also includes important amendments and recommendations from Sinn Féin arguing for a special status designation for the North within the EU. I’m particularly pleased that my input has resulted in the report agreeing to seek this. The report reminds people that 56% of people in the North voted to remain in the EU and emphasises the importance to uphold this democratic choice.
“It also Recognises the unique position of Northern Ireland which has held membership status within the EEC and EU since 1973, and recommends that as part of the Brexit negotiations, the North should be given special status within the European Union.”
Deputy Quinlivan concluded;
“Brexit has the potential to be the biggest economic disaster to hit Ireland both North and South in generations and we need to meet the challenge in that frightening context.
“This report identifies the ‘worst case scenario’ situation of the future trading relationship between the UK and EU, being one based on WTO rules, as the most likely situation to come. The report has a key recommendation that as part of the Brexit negotiations, special status for the North within the European Union should be negotiated for.
“Sinn Féin welcomes the publication of this report, highlighting the disastrous effects Brexit will have both North and South, and call on the government to do more to mitigate these effects and argue for a special status for the North within the EU.”
“The people of Northern Ireland chose to remain as part of the European Union and this decision must be respected.”