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Irish government must fight for special status for the north in EU negotiations – Doherty

25 April, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking today at the launch of Sinn Féin’s new strategy document ‘Securing Designated Special Status for the North within the EU’, Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD remarked that the Irish government now has a duty to act to in the best interests of all Irish citizens through the inclusion of securing that special status for in its formal negotiating position.

The Donegal TD said:

“The EU council is due to meet this Saturday to discuss the EU27’s position for the negotiations with the British government on Brexit.

“Today in Dublin, the Irish government is meeting to discuss its position for this week’s crucial talks.

“The people of the north voted to see their future in the EU in last year’s referendum. They did so because it is the right thing economically, politically, and socially.

“We do not want to see any border, British or EU, on the island of Ireland.

“Since the referendum, amid the confusion caused by the British Tories, Sinn Féin have been the only party to put forward a credible alternative to Brexit which respects the democratic will of the people of the north.

“We have proposed that the north secures designated special status within the EU so that the entire island of Ireland remains in the EU.

“We have been building support for that case across Ireland and throughout Europe.

“A Sinn Féin motion in the Dáil calling on the Irish government to support designated special status for the north within the EU won cross-party support.

“In the European Parliament, our MEPs worked hard to secure a joint resolution, which recognises the unique circumstances of the north, calls for the protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, and states that there should be no hardening of the border.

“The Irish government now has a duty to act to in the best interests of all Irish citizens by making securing designated special status for the north within the EU its formal negotiating position.” 

Note: Please see attached the document in question

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