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Clear contradictions in position of British Prime Minister – O’Neill

11 December, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Responding to Theresa May, Michellle O’Neill MLA said:

“Today we heard nothing new from the British Prime Minister in her statement at Westminster.

“While Friday's joint report from her government and the EU indicates progress, it is not by any stretch of the imagination the full protection needed for the island of Ireland after Brexit.

“They maintain that they oppose a hard border and support the Good Friday Agreement while pulling the North out of the Single Market and the Customs union. This is a clear contradiction.

“The heavy lifting on the Brexit negotiations is still to come, so the British Prime Minister and the sceptics in both her cabinet and backbench must understand that the economic position of the North will not be threatened by the Tories or DUP.

“These negotiations still have a long way to go. We cannot withstand exclusion from the customs union and single market. The common sense approach must be for the north to have designated special status within the EU.”

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