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Brexit Hard Border admission puts Varadkar’s Cast-Iron Guarantee ‘to bed’ – Cullinane

15 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit, David Cullinane TD said today that it is essential for the Irish government to keep special status for the north on the table, adding that the December 2017 joint report “is now a lame duck”.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The Taoiseach has finally accepted that a hard border on the island of Ireland is a real possibility if Britain leaves the customs union.

“This is regardless of whatever arrangement the Taoiseach thought he had secured in last December.

“I told the Taoiseach this was the case, only for him to dismiss my comments.

“It is now time for the Taoiseach to accept reality and accept that the only practical solution for Ireland is for the north to have special status within the EU.

“This after all would simply reflect the will of the people as the majority of the people of the north voted to remain.

“Sinn Féin is very clear on the nature of that special status.

“It means in practical terms, the north staying in the customs union and single market; both the Assembly and the Good Friday Agreement staying in the legal framework of the European Union and the European courts, as well as the protection of the rights of citizens and people who live in the north of Ireland who are Irish and European citizens and who should be able to enjoy the same level of rights after Brexit.

“The sooner the Government realises this and works towards it, the better.” 

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