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Taoiseach must seek an amendment to EU Council’s draft Brexit negotiating guideline relating to Ireland – Adams

5 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to seek an amendment to EU Council’s draft Brexit negotiating guideline relating to Ireland.

Deputy Adams made the comments as he urged the Taoiseach to take stronger negotiating policy and called for the government to formally adopt the position of designated special status for the North within the EU.

Speaking from Leinster House today, the Louth TD said:

“Brexit is the biggest threat to the Good Friday Agreement and to the social and economic future of the people of this island.

“The British government has ignored the vote of the people of the North. London is intent on pulling that part of our island out of the European Union despite the dire consequences this will have for everyone across Ireland.

“There should be a special designated status for the North within the European Union.

“The Taoiseach has refused to accept this position or to promote it despite the vote of the people of the North and despite the majority support for this position among the parties in the Assembly and in the Oireachtas.

“He has also refused to advocate this position despite the fact that every citizen in the North has a right to Irish citizenship and a legal expectation therefore that your government will uphold their rights, which also includes the right to EU citizenship even after Brexit.

“Contrast the Government’s position with the veto that the Spanish Government has been granted the same guidelines in relation to the future of Gibraltar.

“That is exactly the type of veto that the Government should have sought. It is in keeping with its responsibility for the North under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

“It is also tactically and strategically the best negotiating position to have in order to minimise the consequences of Brexit for all the people of this island.

“The Taoiseach must seek to amend Article 11 of the draft negotiating guidelines to ensure a stronger position for Ireland. He must also make the case for designated special status for the North within the EU at the European Union Council meeting on April 29.” 

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