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Irish government must work to see the north remain in single market and customs union - Anderson

14 February, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has told an Oireachtas committee on Brexit that the Irish government must commit to ensuring the north can stay in the single market and customs union. 

Speaking after addressing the committee in Leinster House alongside TDs, Senators and other MEPs, Martina Anderson said: 

"Today I addressed an Oireachtas committee on Brexit to discuss the need for special status for the north within the EU. 

"I made it clear to the members that the British government is in chaos over Brexit and in hock to a party that wants to reinforce the border and boasts that it never supported the Good Friday Agreement. 

"The British government is continuing to try to roll back on the commitments given in the joint communique with the EU in December and the Irish government and the EU need to remain firm and ensure it is turned into a legally binding document. 

"There needs to be solid, legally binding commitments in the treaty currently being drafted which ensures there is full alignment on the island of Ireland and the simplest way to so that is by ensuring we remain in the single market and customs union. 

"We now need to see the Irish government adopting this position and actively working to secure it. 

"This also needs to be legally enforceable which will require a clear role for the European Court of Justice in ensuring full alignment. 

"There also needs to be continued access to the European Court of Human Rights to ensure that rights are protected. 

"The clear way to do this is to secure special status for the north in the EU and that is what we need the Irish government to commit to in line with the democratic vote of the Dáil."

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