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DUP disrespecting will of people on Brexit – Adams

3 August, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed recent comments by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney on Brexit and its implications for the border.

Brexit will be among the issues Deputy Adams will discuss with the Taoiseach at their meeting in Belfast tomorrow.

The Sinn Fein leader accused the DUP of “disrespecting the will of the people in the North who voted to remain within the EU in last year’s referendum”.

Gerry Adams said:

“Brexit is the greatest threat to the two economies of this island since partition. The DUP is disrespecting the will of the people in the North who clearly voted in support of remaining within the EU in last year’s referendum.

“The Irish government has a responsibility to defend the Remain vote and to challenge any proposals that threaten a hard economic border on the island of Ireland.

“Sinn Féin believes that the best way to defend the Good Friday Agreement, and to ensure that our economies are protected during Brexit, is for the North to be designated a special status within the EU.

“This position is overwhelming supported by the Oireachtas and by a majority of MLAs in the Assembly.

“It is imperative that the free movement of people and goods without trade tariffs, physical checks, or passport controls, is maintained.

“External international EU land borders and border controls within the island by land, air or sea must be strongly opposed.

“This is a particular challenge for the Irish government, which has a place in the Brexit negotiations, and which must win the support of the other EU member states to supporting special status for the North.” 

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