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Border patrols can be avoided by remaining in customs union and single market - Anderson

31 May, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said reinforcement of the border through additional security patrols can be avoided by keeping the north in the customs union and single market. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"It is outrageous that plans are being made to reinforce the border with security patrols as a result of the Brexit agenda being pursued by the Tories and their DUP allies. 

"This flies totally in the face of the Good Friday Agreement and the progress made in the peace process over the last two decades. We don't want a harder border and we don't need a harder border. 

"Brexiteers use fine words about avoiding a hard border but that is the reality if they drag the north out of the customs union and single market. 

"The imposition of a harder border or any physical infrastructure on the border can be avoided through the backstop option which the British government has already agreed to in the letter from Theresa May to the president of the European Council Donald Tusk.

"It is time the British government accepted what it has already agreed and works with the EU and the Irish government to ensure there is no harder border and no need for additional patrols by allowing the north to remain in the customs union and single market."

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