Irish Government must champion special status for the North within the EU - Gerry Adams TD
Following the Triggering of Article 50 by the British Government today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has urged the Irish Government to champion the case for the North to assigned special status within the European Union.
Teachta Adams said;
"Following the triggering of Article 50, it is clear that the north of Ireland must be assigned special designated status within the European Union.
"It is the only option that legislates for the intricacies of the problem.
"It is a solution which recognises the threat posed by Brexit to the island of Ireland as a whole.
"It will ensure the democratically expressed wishes of the people are respected.
"It will allow communities to continue to flourish, businesses to continue to trade freely, workers to cross the border and, crucially, the rights of Irish, and therefore EU citizens in the north to be fully upheld.
"The Tory government cannot be allowed to drag the people of the north Ireland out of the EU against their will.
"There can be no hardening of the border in any way – not physically, fiscally or psychologically.
"Special designated status is not just the position of Sinn Féin.
"It was supported in the Dáil by the passing of motion in February.
"It is supported by the majority of the parties returned to Assembly in the election.
"It would allow the whole of the island of Ireland to remain in the EU together.
"An Taoiseach Enda Kenny must enter any forthcoming negotiations to defend the democratic mandate of the people to remain within the EU and act in Ireland’s national interest.
"The Irish government must now commit to adopting the negotiating policy position of designated special status within the EU for the north."