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EU and Irish Government ‘must put British Brexit rhetoric to the test’ – Cullinane

28 August, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking as talks between the EU and British governments on Brexit reconvened, Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane said:

“Over the past two weeks, we have seen a series of contradictory positions papers on Brexit released by the British government. These claim to want to retain the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and maintain free trade and movement of people between Ireland and Britain. At the same time, they are pulling out of the single market, customs union, and European Court of Justice.

“The British government have failed to give a long term commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights, access to the EU Court of Human rights or how North South co-operation would work in their vision of Brexit. All of these are central to the Good Friday Agreement and, our economies and jobs, North and South.

“Recognition of these inconsistencies is reflected in the changing position of the British Labour party. This is to be welcomed and my colleague Chris Hazzard MP will be meeting with the Labour party shortly.

“The EU and the Irish Government must now put the British Government rhetoric to the test. If the British government are serious about safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement and maintain progress, they must make clear how this will be achieved and clarify their future membership of the customs union.  

“It is acknowledged that Brexit is without precedent and there is agreement that the Good Friday Agreement must be protected. The solution must be to provide for the north to have special status within the EU.” 

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