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British government ignoring Brexit damage in Ireland – Hazzard

7 February, 2018 - by Chris Hazzard

Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has said the British government are continuing to ignore their potential Brexit damage to rights, political agreements and livelihoods of citizens.

Speaking following his attendance at the ‘Post Brexit International & Cross Border Conference’ in county Louth today, the South Down MP said:

“It is clear to everyone the British government, hamstrung by Theresa May’s incompetence and obsessed with internal Tory divisions, are little concerned with the impact of their Brexit plans on Ireland.

“Only days ago the British government insisted it will leave the EU’s Customs Union. Today they intend to discuss an approach to the north of Ireland - almost two years after the Brexit vote.

"This approach is not only negligent, but impossible. Leaving the Customs Union all but guarantees a hard border on the island of Ireland, unless Designated Special Status is accepted.

“As public representatives, civic society and the business community come together today to map a way forward for our island, the British government continues to use the fate of Irish citizens as a bargaining chip with the EU.

“The British government may wish to leave the Customs Union, but it cannot be allowed to drag the north of Ireland out with it against the will of citizens.

“Designated Special Status is needed immediately to safeguard political agreements, rights guarantees, and the health and stability of Ireland’s island economy.”

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