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Irish Government has a duty to prevent a border on the island of Ireland – Cullinane

28 September, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane said today that the not enough progress has been made on the issue of the border for the Brexit negotiations to move to the second round of talks.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is clear from today’s joint press conference on the current round of Brexit negotiations that no real progress has been made on how to protect the Good Friday Agreement and avoid a border on the island of Ireland.

“Both Michel Barnier and David Davis said that talks on these key issues are ongoing with no agreement reached at this stage.

“It is agreed by all that the north is a special and unique case in terms of Brexit and needs a special and unique solution.

“The offer by Britain to give direct effect to the withdrawal agreement in British law would not be enough to protect the Good Friday Agreement.

“It would be extremely reckless to allow the negotiations to proceed to the next phase in absence of these issues being addressed in a substantive and comprehensive way 

“The Taoiseach has a duty to stand up for Irish national interests.

“Sinn Féin has been clear from the outset. We want to see special designated status for the north within the EU.

“There can be no border on the island of Ireland.

“The north must remain a part of the customs union and single market, including its regulatory and legal framework.

“The Good Friday Agreement must be protected in all its parts with its status guaranteed by the withdrawal agreement.

“The laws and regulations passed by the Assembly must continue to be in line with EU law and subject to appeal to the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

“Not to do so would be in contravention of the Good Friday Agreement.” 

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