Special status has potential to transform the North’s declining economy – Ó Muilleoir
South Belfast MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said that special status for the North opens up the potential to transform the North’s declining economy.
Speaking at a ‘Brexit and the island of Ireland event’ in London he said:
“The Brexit at any cost being championed by the Tories and the DUP will only consign the North’s economy to a Brexit backwater.
“With economic growth anaemic at present and the gap in average wages with the south of Ireland widening, we need a game changing proposition which would give the North the best of both worlds.
“Special status for the North including membership of the Customs Union, full alignment with the Single Market in all areas of cross-border co-operation, no hardening of the border, protection of the Good Friday Agreement and all its parts plus access to the rights, benefits and opportunities of EU citizenship would attract investment and boost job creation.
“The North would be the only region of Europe with unfettered access to the EU and to Britain. That would be a potent proposition to put before US and, indeed, British companies.
“That vision of a bright future contrasts sharply with the bleak, isolationist vista outside the EU envisaged by Tory and DUP Brexiteers whose views are now opposed the vast majority of people in the North.”