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EU must put flesh on unique status proposals – Cullinane

20 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Brexit David Cullinane TD has called on the top EU Brexit official Guy Verhofstadt to outline in practical terms what is meant by ‘unique status’ for Ireland. Deputy Cullinane met Mr Verhofstadt as part of Sinn Féin’s all-Ireland Brexit delegation in Stormont today.

Speaking after the meeting, Teachta Cullinane said:

“I welcome the opportunity to meet Mr Verhofstadt today as part of an all-Island Sinn Fein delegation. I look forward to meeting him again in Dublin tomorrow.

“I made it clear that the entire island of Ireland needs to be protected from Brexit. This means special status for the North within the EU, full legal protection of the Good Friday Agreement, and protecting the economy North and South.

“I welcome Mr Verhofstadt’s commitment to the North staying in the customs union and the single market. This is crucial if we are to avoid a land border on the island. I also welcome his commitment to protect in full the Good Friday Agreement.

“Sinn Féin’s position is clear. There can be no EU frontier on the island of Ireland. The best way to protect Ireland from Brexit is for the entire island to remain within a reformed European Union. Special or unique status for the North within the EU is the only viable and practical way to protect the economy North and South, avoid an EU border on the island of Ireland, protect citizens’ rights and safeguard the Good Friday Agreement.

“The EU need to put more flesh on their proposals. They need to make it clear to the British Government that the GFA must be incorporated as a protocol in the withdrawal agreement and that the North must remain in the customs union and single market.” 

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