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Adams comments on Good Friday Agreement Committee Brexit report

22 June, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the call of the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Committee for a “tailored solution” for the North in the wake of Brexit.

Teachta Adams also welcomed the Committee's acknowledgement of the importance of the all island economy in any approach.

Mr Adams said:

“The report from the Oireachtas Good Friday Agreement Committee states that the North requires a ‘tailored solution’ response to Brexit.

“The committee states that this solution should be ‘based on geography, relationships, politics and people on this island’.

“Sinn Féin has proposed such a solution and it is for the North to assigned Designated Special Status within the European Union.

“This solution would ensure that there is no economic border on the island of Ireland.

“It would allow all of Ireland to remain in the Customs Union, the Single Market and under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

“It would protect our economy, our peace process and our people.

“It would ensure the freedom of movement of goods, people and services on the island of Ireland.

“Any restriction on the freedom of movement would represent a hardening of the border.

“This would severely damage social and economic cohesion.

“This would be unacceptable to people living in border communities and to people right across the island.

“Special status would ensure the North’s trading relationship with the rest of Ireland and the EU – particularly in relation to business, tourism, the all-Ireland energy market, agriculture and agri-foods – will be maintained

“It’s about maintaining the European Convention on Human Rights.

“It’s about protecting the rights of citizens in the North, who have a right to Irish citizenship, and therefore to citizenship of the European Union.

“This is the tailored approach that is required. It is the best solution. It would keep all of Ireland within the European Union.” 

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