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McAteer welcomes passing of special status motion by Belfast City Council

2 June, 2017

Sinn Féin Councillor Geraldine McAteer has welcomed the passing of a motion by Belfast City Council calling for the North to be given special designated status in the European Union.

Speaking after the motion was passed at the Council’s AGM last night Geraldine McAteer said:

“Brexit will be a disaster for the island of Ireland as a whole.

“It will also be a disaster for the city of Belfast.

“Brexit poses an economic threat to the city and trade. It will put foreign direct investment in the city at risk, possibly losing firms that have already invested here and putting off others who might think of investing.

“We are seeking special designated status for the North so we can retain access to the EU single market; the common travel area, the continued free movement of people and goods; the protection of the peace process; and continued access to EU funds for agriculture, 'peace-building' and university research.

“The majority of people in the North and indeed the city of Belfast voted to remain within the European Union and their democratic wishes should be respected.

“We will now be writing to the British Prime Minister Theresa May, the Taoiseach and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to present our case as to why the North should be afforded special designated status.”

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