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Leaving customs union and single market will lead to hard border - Anderson

25 May, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a hard border will be inevitable unless the north remains in both the customs union and single market. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"The Tory government have said they want to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland but to date all of their proposals would bring that about.

"The comments from Labour shadow secretary of state Tony Lloyd this morning that the British Labour party also want to see the north leave the customs union and the single market but avoid a hard border is disappointing and equally unworkable. 

"The fact is that unless the north remains in both the customs union and single market then a hard border on the island of Ireland will be inevitable and no amount of rhetoric and fine words will change that.

"The way to avoid a hard border is set out in the backstop option already agreed by the British government which would allow the north to stay in the customs union and significant elements of the single market. 

"I want to see that maintained and built upon to allow for full access to the single market. 

"There is also a proposal to ensure there would be no barrier to east-west trade or border in the Irish Sea. 

"Theresa May and her cabinet need to stop merely talking about commitments and actually start delivering on them." 

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