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EU Commission ‘recognises the need for a unique deal for Ireland in Brexit’ – Cullinane

7 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin TD and Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane has welcomed the EU Commission’s stated recognition of the need for a unique deal for Ireland that would see the north having a special status within the EU.

Deputy Cullinane reiterated Sinn Féin’s view that the entire island of Ireland should remain with the EU and for the EU to change to safeguard the rights and prosperity of all citizens

The Waterford TD said:

“Today’s paper put forward by the EU Commission is a welcome first step which clearly recognises the need for a unique deal for Ireland that would see the north having a special status within the EU. 

“It is strong support for protecting the peace process and Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts and the rights of Irish citizens who live in the north is also welcome.

“The paper recognises the unique circumstances on the Island of Ireland and need for flexible and imaginative solutions to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and ensure there is no EU Frontier across Ireland. We must ensure that all of Ireland remains within the customs and single market and continued access to EU Courts.

“In addition, the issues of rights of Irish and EU citizens are central. There can be no diminution of rights including those agreed as part of the Good Friday Agreement.

“It is clear that the British Government have failed to bring forward any convincing proposals to prevent an EU Frontier across Ireland or to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement in all parts including rights and north/south co-operation

“The entire island of Ireland should remain with the EU and for the EU to change to safeguard the rights and prosperity of all citizens.” 

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