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Brexit: Coveney's recognition that the North requires Special Status welcome but crucial that detail now follows - Pearse Doherty TD

22 June, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that the recognition by Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney that the North requires special status is welcome but warned that the value would be realised in the details, which the government has failed to provide so far.

Teachta Doherty said;

"We welcome the fact that the government has finally recognised that the North of Ireland requires Special Status in the wake of Brexit.

"This something that Sinn Féin has been advocating since the result of the Brexit referendum last year. It is the only way to ensure that the vote of the people in the North to remain part of the European Union is respected.

"However, the Government has yet to provide the details on what they mean by Special Status.

"Sinn Féin is very clear. When we say Designated Special Status for the North we mean within the European Union.

 "This means all of Ireland would remain within the Customs Union. It means that no economic border would be imposed on the island of Ireland. We have produced a number of comprehensive policy documents detailing our position.

 "The government have been anything but clear. At Leaders Questions today in the Dáil,Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald refused to tell me if the Taoiseach would be campaigning for the North of Ireland to remain within the Customs Union and if he will oppose an economic border being forced upon Ireland.

"The government must ​outline in definite language what it means when it speaks of 'special status' for the North.

"The Taoiseach and Minister Coveney should do this as soon as possible."

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