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Crunch time for Brexit negotiating priorities – Adams

26 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the government’s failure to publish its Brexit negotiating priorities ahead of Saturday’s EU summit is further evidence of its unwillingness to stand-up for Ireland’s interests.

Teachta Adams said;

“The Taoiseach gave a commitment in March to set-out the government priorities for the Brexit negotiations in a ‘consolidated paper’ ahead of the EU summit on Saturday. This has yet to happen.

“The government has also failed to publish what amendments, if any, the Taoiseach will seek to the draft negotiating guidelines.

“It is now crunch time. There are only three days to go before Saturday’s crucial meeting takes place in Brussels and the Irish people are in the dark as to what the Taoiseach will be seeking on our behalf.

“The best way the Taoiseach can meet his responsibilities is by seeking a political declaration from the European Council in its negotiation guidelines for designated special status for the North within the EU.

“Such a declaration should seek to address the Single Market, Common Travel Area, EU funding streams, rights of Irish citizens in the North of Ireland and protection of rights, and maintain access to EU institutions.

“The Taoiseach should also seek to ensure that no agreement between the EU and the British government may apply to the North without the agreement of both the Irish and British governments.

 “The approach thus far of the Taoiseach to these negotiations has fallen far short of what is required and expected.

“Sinn Féin has outlined, in two papers, both the case for designated special status and how it can be achieved.

“The Taoiseach has a seat at the table. He will be in the room when these decisions are taken. He has a responsibly to argue strongly for designated special status for the North within in the European Union.” 

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