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Britain’s Failures to Address Ireland’s Concerns Stalls Brexit Talks– Cullinane

3 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD today welcomed the EU Parliament’s motion that insufficient progress has been made to address the impact of Brexit on Ireland North and South and to protect Good Friday Agreement.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is clear that Britain has failed to bring forward meaningful proposals to resolve the issues that their Brexit policy has caused in relation to Ireland North and south and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Theresa May in her speech in Florence said that there would not be a physical border on the island of Ireland, even after Britain leaves the customs union and single market.

“Yet, these two positions are contradictory.

“The EU Parliament’s motion has noted this contradiction, saying that it is for Britain to square this circle.

“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 and operational procedures guaranteed by the withdrawal agreement.

“The laws and regulations passed by the Assembly must continue to be in line with EU law with continued direct access 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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