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EU Parliament resolution on Brexit endorses call for Special Status for the North of Ireland – Carthy

28 September, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking following the publication of a draft European Parliament resolution on the status of Brexit negotiations, Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy welcomed the report as “essentially endorsing the calls for the North of Ireland to secure special status in the EU” in the event that Britain withdraws from the single market and customs union. The vote on the report will take place in Strasbourg on Tuesday on Tuesday next.

Matt Carthy said:

“The resolution before the European Parliament amounts to an endorsement of Sinn Féin’s call for Designated Special Status for the North of Ireland within the European Union.

“This is a result of a major effort by Irish MEPs, particularly Sinn Féin MEPs led by Martina Anderson, over the past year.

“The European Parliament has reaffirmed that there can be no hardening of the border in Ireland, that the Good Friday Agreement must be protected ‘in all of its parts’ and that the rights of EU citizens in the North of Ireland must be respected. To adhere to these calls would essentially mean special status for the north.

“The ball is now in the court of the British Government. They have not put forward any credible proposals for dealing with these issues and have refused to say how they will protect the North, and people in the North, from the effects of a hard Brexit.

“In any Brexit agreement, the North of Ireland must remain within the Customs Union and the single market and it must continue to have access to the European Courts and European Funding programmes and the rights of Irish Citizens in the North of Ireland must be given the same the protections as the rights of all other EU citizens.

“The EU parliament resolution is an important step forward and points towards reaching these objectives. It is time now for the British Government and all parties across Ireland to ensure that the political, social and economic challenges of Brexit for the whole island are addressed by securing special status within the EU for the north.” 

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