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Tory Brexit customs union plan ‘devoid of reality’ – Cullinane

15 August, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD said today that the British proposals for a bespoke customs union after March 2019 show that Tory party has not quite grasped the reality of the situation that Britain finds itself in.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The paper released today shows that the Conservative party has at least finally acknowledged that a full and complete break from the customs union and the single market is not possible by March 2019.

“Britain has neither the physical infrastructure nor legal framework in place.

“The proposals today, however, have an air of unreality to them.

“The whole purpose of any interim agreement is to allow breathing space to work out a post-Brexit trade deal as it is simply not possible to so that before March 2019.

“Those constraints apply equally to the drafting of a bespoke customs deal as proposed by the British government today.

“Furthermore, the proposal to extend article 50 requires the agreement of all 27 states, including the Irish government.

“The Irish government should stand up for the national interest and should only agree to an extension that is in our interests, that is, the economy, trade, the rights of citizens, and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement, in all of its aspects.

“The British government's policy of Brexit is bad for our economy, trade and agreements.

“The best solution is for the whole island of Ireland to Remain within the EU; the single market, customs union, and common travel area together. This can be achieved through designated special status for the North within the EU, avoiding any economic border, and retaining the free movement of people, goods, and services.” 

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