David Cullinane TD calls on Irish Government to accept Dáil vote on special designated status for North within the EU
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Brexit, David Cullinane TD has today called on the Irish Government to accept the Dáil vote for the North to be designated special status within the EU.
Teachta Cullinane has also called on the Government to increase spending on essential infrastructure to meet the challenge of Brexit.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“The Dáil endorsed the Sinn Féin motion for special status for the North within the EU to tackle the challenge of Brexit.
"The Government must adopt this resolution and act to protect the interests of all citizens on the island of Ireland, defend the Good Friday Agreement, and ensure that there is no EU frontier imposed across Ireland.
"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called on the Taoiseach and the Government to agree a strategic approach to the negotiations with clear political, economic and trade objectives and to and increase public spending on critical infrastructure to meet the challenge of Brexit.
“That means upholding the democratic vote in the North.
“It also requires the Government to actively campaign for the North to have a special designated status within the EU.
“Let us be clear, Brexit imposed on Ireland would undermine the institutional, constitutional, and legal integrity and status of the Good Friday Agreement.
“The Agreement must be protected and the only way to do this is through special designated status for the North within the EU and for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU together.
“I call again on the government to defend the democratic mandate of the people of the north to remain within the EU and to defend the interests of our exporters, in particular the agri-food and tourism sectors which will be most affected by a hard Brexit.”