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O'Neill puts case for Special Status for the North within the EU to Chief Negotiator on Brexit

11 May, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Speaking from Leinster House where Michelle O'Neill MLA today met EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, she says:

"Brexit is bad for Ireland and in particular the North.

"The people of the North voted to remain within the EU last June and are being dragged out of the EU by the British Tories against the democratically expressed wishes of the people.

"Sinn Féin had the opportunity to put our case directly to Michel Barnier today and the need for the North to be designated special status within the EU with no border in Ireland, continued access to the single market and also to the customs union.

She added:

"We conveyed to Mr Barnier the fact that Brexit severely undermines the political and economic progress of the past 20 years, the peace process and the Good Friday Agreement which the EU have helped achieve.

"The North cannot be collateral damage in this self-serving, narrow and reckless British Tory Brexit agenda.

"The people of the North want the whole island to stay in the EU together and ensure our citizenship rights, trade, business, energy and workers protections are all safeguarded. 

"It is imperative that the people take the opportunity to again have their say in the Westminster election and reject Brexit, a border and Tory cuts ‪on 8 June." 

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