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Special status for the north ‘the common sense approach’ – Tóibín

31 March, 2017

Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has said that, in light of the hardnosed approach adopted by the British Government, the Irish Government must adopt a common sense approach and secure special status for the north of Ireland without delay, so as to protect the Irish national interest.

Speaking after the EU published their draft guidelines for the Brexit negotiations, the TD for Meath West said:

“Today, the EU released draft guidelines for the Brexit negotiation following the triggering of Article 50 to withdraw from the EU by the British Government.

“The British Government is seeking to impose Brexit against the will of the people in the north and without any consideration of the views of the Irish Government.

“The impact of Brexit will be felt across all of Ireland. It will have a negative impact on our economy, jobs, and trade. It has the potential to impose an EU frontier through communities and undermines the Good Friday and subsequent agreements.

“The EU Guidelines set out the paramount importance of supporting and protecting the achievements, benefits, and commitments of the peace process. It also recognises the need for flexible and imaginative solutions to avoid a hard border.

“The way to minimises the impact of Brexit and to give effect to the democratic wishes of the people across Ireland is for the north to be designated special status within the EU.

“This common sense approach is in the national interest and supported by a majority of parties north and south. The Taoiseach needs to stand up for the national interest and needs to secure designated special status for the North within the EU in the coming negotiations.” 

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