Opposing a hard border – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in Belfast this morning on the future of the political institutions, has warned about the approach of the British Government to Brexit and the risks posed to Ireland.
Deputy Adams said:
“Sinn Féin wants the political institutions back in place. However, the British Government, on the back of Brexit, wants to dismantle critical human rights aspects of the Good Friday Agreement. Nor has it implemented key elements of the Good Friday and other Agreements.
“The current negotiations must therefore be an implementation process. It must be about the implementation of outstanding agreements, whether on Acht na Gaeilge or the Bill of Rights, or on rights, including marriage equality.
“Brexit is the backdrop to all of this and, if the British Government succeeds, it will drive this part of Ireland out of the European Union. This is not acceptable. The people in the North voted to remain in the Referendum vote and a majority of the MLAs and parties returned in the Assembly election, also want the North to remain within the EU.
“It is widely accepted that Brexit will have a serious detrimental effect on jobs and businesses, and especially on our agri-food sector. An Oireachtas report published last week by the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation highlighted many of the difficulties Brexit will create.
“This is one reason why Sinn Féin is calling for the North to achieve a special designated status within the EU. This is the only logical way to avoid a hard economic border, job losses, and business closures.”