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Ensuring special status for the North within the EU will be at the heart of approach to Brexit - Cullinane

14 July, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit and EU reform David Cullinane TD said today that ensuring special status for the North within the EU, as well as meeting the trade and travel challenges between Ireland and Britain, will be at the heart of his approach to the issue of Brexit. 

Deputy Cullinane said:

“I wish to thank Gerry Adams for giving me the opportunity to develop the party’s approach to the serious and ongoing challenges that face this island in the wake of the Brexit vote.

“Brexit directly challenges the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement and would have huge consequences for protections contained within it.  

“It also fundamentally undermines the principle of consent.

“The only credible approach is for the north to be designated a special status within the EU and for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU together.

“We have to see safeguards and rights projected, and equality of opportunity secured post-Brexit, and we will continue to demand change at EU level.

“At the same time, we cannot allow the rupture caused by Brexit to be used by reactionary forces within the EU to create a federal state that the ordinary citizens of Europe do not want at this time.

“Nor can we allow Brexit to be used by reactionary forces within this state as an excuse to cut investment in social infrastructure and further privatise public services.

“I will be meeting with representative groups over the coming weeks and listening to their concerns regarding Brexit as I work to deepen my party’s policy and strategy to this serious, yet by no means insurmountable, challenge to Ireland.”

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