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Border issue is not just a Customs issue – Cullinane

20 October, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

 Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Brexit David Cullinane today welcomed the EU Council's decision to keep the border and the Good Friday Agreement on the agenda, adding that only a political solution will suffice.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is vital to the interests of the people of Ireland that there is no border on the island and that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all its parts.

“It is clear that the present round of Brexit talks have not delivered on these issues and in that context I welcome the EU Council's decision to continue with round one talks until December. 

“It must be said, however, that a worrying narrative is developing in the South that treats the border issue as simply a trade and customs issue.

“It is not. 

“This is recognised by the EU who put the border into the first round of talks precisely because it cannot be resolved by technical means and an absence of tariffs.

“Designated special status for the North is the only practical solution to the political and economic issues thrown up by Brexit.

“This means that the North stays in the customs union and the single market and that the institutions and cross-border bodies of the Good Friday Agreement remain part of the EU legal framework.” 

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