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Government must clarify position on potential border checks – Cullinane

4 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD today called on the government to clarify its position on the imposition of an EU Frontier across Ireland post-Brexit.

Speaking in relation a leaked memo from the office of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Simon Coveney have opposed any physical infrastructure or a return to the borders of the past following Brexit.

“It has been confirmed again, from a memo leaked to RTÉ, that government officials had been working on a plan that will see post-Brexit customs checks on the island of Ireland.

“The leaked memo is limited to dealing with the impact of Brexit on certain Agri-food products. This fails to deal with the bulk of trade across Ireland and fails to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement.

“While the approach by the EU demonstrates openness to new thinking, it falls well short of what is required.

“The way forward is for the north to be designated special status within the EU and for the whole Island to remain part of the Customs Union and Single Market.  

“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.

“The Irish Government must make clear that the position outlined in the Memo is no longer the position of the Irish Government and that they are looking for a unique and comprehensive solution that will protect our economy, our agreements, and our services.” 

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