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Detail required on Theresa May’s ‘new thinking’ - David Cullinane TD

17 May, 2018 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD has said the only way to ensure there is no hard border in Ireland is to secure designated special status for the North within the EU.

Teachta Cullinane was responding to comments from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this afternoon after his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"I welcome the growing sense of reality among Theresa May's government that Britain as a whole should stay within the customs union but we need to see the detail of her proposal.

“There were commitments in last December's political agreement but there is no agreement on the details, which the government says are still being worked out.

“And now again we are hearing of ‘new thinking’ from the British Prime Minister but again we see no detail.

"We need to know how the political, social and economic rights of EU citizens in the north will be vindicated and how the British Government will avoid a hard border in Ireland.

“An agreement on customs arrangements is not enough to ensure there is no hard border.

“The only was to ensure this is to secure designated special status within the EU for the North.

“Sinn Féin has set out its view clearly and with detail.  We have secured Dáil support for this view.

“It is time for the British Government to flying kites and start providing the details of its proposals.”


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