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British government must accept Designated Special Status - Brady

31 January, 2018 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has told the British House of Lords Brexit Committee, holding a special sitting in Stormont today, that Designated Special Status for the north of Ireland within the EU must be accepted by the British government.

The Newry Armagh MP, addressing the committee today, said:

“During the Brexit referendum of 2016, Sinn Féin campaigned for a Remain vote here in the North. 56% of the electorate here endorsed a Remain stance.

“To protect these democratic wishes, Sinn Féin has campaigned for Designated Special Status for the north within the EU.

“Brexit is not just an issue for the north. It will adversely affect our entire island economy, rural communities, and essential rights protections.

“It is clearly not in interests of the people of this island, whatever their background or views, to have one part of the island outside of the EU and the other part inside.

“It is already having a major negative impact in my own constituency of Newry & Armagh, a border community dependent on the free movement of people and goods around our island. 

“Starved of resources by 10 years of British government austerity, the economy in the north of Ireland cannot withstand exclusion from the single market and customs union.

“The campaign for Designated Special Status has been endorsed by Sinn Féin and parties across the political spectrum, the Dáil, many sections of the business community, civic society and the community and voluntary sector.

“But yet, the Tory-DUP pact ploughs ahead with a disastrous Brexit project sure to divide communities and the all-island economy.

“The British government must respect the democratic wishes to Remain of the electorate in the north, and across civic society, and accept Designated Special Status immediately.”

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