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European flexibility shows special status for the North is achievable - David Cullinane TD

17 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane has said that the Irish Government should be utilising the European goodwill to pursue special status for the North to remain in the EU.

He was speaking after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that European Brexit negotiators were willing to be flexible to find a unique solution for the North.

David Cullinane said:

“There is a huge amount of goodwill towards Ireland from the other European countries. It is something Sinn Féin has been finding time and again as we push the case for special status.

“However, if we are to maximise the potential of that goodwill then we need to find a solution that genuinely resolves our concerns and it is certainly our view that a special status relationship outside of the EU would do little to deal with the massive political, social and economic challenges thrown up by Brexit.

“Sinn Féin believes that the only credible approach is for the North to be designated a special status within the EU and for the whole island of Ireland to remain within the EU together.

"There is no technical solution to this issue, and Fianna Fáil's recent motion on border cameras as a panacea is deluded and out of touch with the realities on the ground.

“The EU is flexible when it want to be, and that can be seen in the unique arrangements that are in place for countries such as Greenland and Denmark.

“The government must take advantage of that flexibility by actively pursuing a credible and imaginative solution that would enable the North too remain in the EU through designated status in line with the referendum result in the North.”

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