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Solution to Border is political and not technical – Cullinane

15 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane TD has described Fianna Fáil's plans for an ‘electronic border’ as naive and unworkable. He said their plans will be grist to the mill to British Tories who want a hard Brexit.

Speaking today, Deputy Cullinane said:

“Fianna Fáil’s plan for an electronic border will not wash with communities and businesses on either side of the border. An EU frontier on the island represents a major step backwards. It is bad for business, bad for farmers, and bad for the economies North and South.

“The issue of a border requires a political and not a technical or electronic solution. This is recognised by the EU Commission and the EU parliament but not, it would seem, by Fianna Fáil.

“An electronic border will simply transfer the responsibility for checks onto farmers and businesses, therefore increasing regulation and costs. It addresses the issue of tariffs but ignores regulations, standards and other non-tariff blocks.

“Fianna Fáil's position is naive and unworkable. There can be no EU frontier on the island of Ireland. There can be no electronic solution to a political problem.

“The political solution is that the unique circumstances for Ireland are recognised and that the entire island stays in the customs union and the single market. The Good Friday Agreement must also be attached to the withdrawal agreement and continue to enjoy the full legal protections of the EU courts.

“Fianna Fáil need to realise that any return to a border, electronic or otherwise, is a major step backwards for Ireland. Sinn Féin will continue to argue for special designated status for the North within the EU.” 

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