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Corbyn injects dose of reality to Brexit border debate - David Cullinane TD

26 February, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Brexit, today welcomed Jeremy Corbyn's statement today on the need for Britain to secure a customs union and single market with the EU.

Deputy Cullinane said: 

"Jeremy Corbyn today recommitted the British Labour Party to keeping Britain in a customs union and single market with the EU.

"This is a welcome dose of reality to the debate after months of disarray and dithering from the Tories.

"Corbyn said that nobody should be willing to sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement. 

"He rightly said it was a huge achievement and one that needed to be protected.

"Britain remaining in a form of customs union and single market with the EU will weaken the possibility of a hard border on the island of Ireland post-Brexit.

"It is a positive and welcome statement.

"The only way to ensure there is no border checks on the island is for the north to stay in the full customs union, the single market and the EU legal framework.

"Whatever this is called is immaterial - the need for it to happen is not.

"Sinn Féin welcomes the British Labour Party's re-commitment to the Good Friday Agreement, and to its acknowledgement that the only way to avoid a hard border on this island is through a new customs union and single market with the EU.

"In order to avoid all need for checks, however, a form of special status is needed. 

"Sinn Féin will continue to call for such an outcome as it is the only practical solution to the dangers to the future prosperity of this island."

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