Sinn Féin Publishes Dáil motion on EU Brexit negotiation strategy
Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has said the government must seek to amend the EU Brexit negotiation strategy to ensure the best possible outcome for Ireland.
Teachta Doherty said the government must adopt the position of the Dáil of supporting special designated status within the EU for Ireland and seek a veto similar to the one Spain got in relation to Gibraltar.
Sinn Féin has today published a Dáil motion which calls on the government to amend the EU Council’s Article 50 draft guidelines.
Speaking from Leinster House this afternoon Teachta Doherty said;
“The Taoiseach has just returned from Europe with very little to show for his efforts. The government’s negotiating strategy is non-existent and as a result the Taoiseach looks very weak.
“The Spanish Government was able to secure a veto in relation Gibraltar yet Enda Kenny did not even raise this possibility for Ireland.
“My party leader Gerry Adams has written to the Taoiseach to urge him to support a motion in the Dáil which would commit the government to seek a number of commitments from the EU in these negotiations.
“First and foremost the government must adopt the position of the Dáil of supporting special designated status within the EU for the North of Ireland.
“Secondly we need a commitment that the Good Friday Agreement will remain paramount.
“An thirdly, the government should seek a veto that ensures no agreement between the EU and Britain may apply to the North of Ireland without the agreement of Ireland and Britain.
“The European Union should also recognise other existing bilateral agreements and arrangements between Ireland and Britain which are comparable with EU law.
“The reality is that the government needs to get serious about this issue. Brexit poses a major threat to Ireland North and South and, at the moment, the Taoiseach and the government are asleep at the wheel.”
That Dáil Éireann
- Calls on the Government to seek the following amendment of the European Council (Article 50) (29 April 2017) draft guidelines following the United Kingdom’s notification under Article 50 to exit the European Union;
- Point 11. The Union which has consistently supported the goal of peace and reconciliation enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement, and continuing to support and protect the achievements, benefits and commitments of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts will remain of paramount importance;
- In view of the unique position and special circumstances on the island of Ireland, flexible and imaginative solutions will be required, including the aim of avoiding a hardening of the border, including looking at designated special status for the North of Ireland within the EU, while respecting the integrity of the Union legal order as well as the Good Friday Agreement;
- Given that the Good Friday Agreement is a bilateral treaty, binding in international law, between the UK and the Republic of Ireland, after the United Kingdom leaves the Union, no agreement between the EU and the United Kingdom may apply to the North of Ireland without the agreement of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
- In this context, the Union should also recognise existing bilateral agreements and arrangements between the United Kingdom and Ireland which are compatible with EU law.
Gerry Adams, John Brady, David Cullinane, Seán Crowe, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Donnchadh O'Laoghaire, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Imelda Munster, Denise Mitchell, Carol Nolan, Louise O'Reilly, Jonathan O'Brien, Eoin Ó'Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Brian Stanley, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Maurice Quinlivan , Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín.