'Frictionless border not possible' - O'Dowd
Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said those who are telling businesses and farmers that they can continue with frictionless trade post-Brexit are misleading them and are prepared to damage the economy and lives of people across the island of Ireland in pursuit of a little Englander vision which has no basis in reality.
John O'Dowd said:
"The European Union's Chief Negotiator on Brexit Michel Barnier made it clear today that there will be dire economic consequences of Brexit.
"He laid it out plainly that, despite the claims of some, frictionless trade after leaving the single market 'is not possible.' He went onto add that ‘100% of farm produce will be subject to border checks’.
"The DUP and others can no longer tell businesses and farmers everything will be ok and that they can carry on with trading across the island in the same way they can at present. It simply cannot happen. The price of Brexit is an end to free trade and tariffs especially on agricultural produce."
Concluding Mr O’Dowd added:
"It is clear that the Tory/DUP Brexit little Englander vision of the world will have huge negative consequences for the island of Ireland and Britain.
"Securing designated special status for the north within the EU is a credible alternative to the Tory/DUP Brexit plans and would secure free trade for businesses including farming across the island."