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Haulage industry’s custom checks fears show need for North to be afforded special status within the European Union – Adams

19 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the concerns raised by the Freight Transport Association, regarding remarks made by Liam Irwin of Revenue Commissioner’s on the potential for post-Brexit border customs checks, shows that Designated Special Status for the North within the European is absolutely necessary to protect the island's economies.

Teachta Adams said;

“The Freight Association has quite rightly responded to Mr Irwin’s remarks with some fear and concern.

“It is alarming that the Irish state is considering plans for custom checks that would lead to one in twelve freight vehicles being stopped for inspection every day.

“Approximately 3.2 million freight vehicle cross the border every year. This means that there would be over 260,000 inspections carried out annually.

“This would spell disaster for both economies on this island and wreak havoc on cross border trade.

“Instead of preparing for the impact of the Tory’s attempt to drag the North out of the EU, the Irish government should be negotiating strongly with other member states to have the North afforded Designated Special Status within the European Union.

“The Taoiseach should be insisting that this provision be included in the EU’s Brexit negotiating guidelines before they are formally adopted on May 22nd.

“This would be the most important thing he could do in his time left in office.

“His colleague Minister Leo Varadkar has already said that the Government should be advocating for special status for the North.

“The Taoiseach should take the Minister’s comments on board. He should now adopt special status for the North within European as his formal position.

“It would keep all of Ireland within the European Union and remove the need for such customs checks.” 

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