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Buffer zone proposals attempt to hide hard border - Anderson

1 June, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said new proposals from David Davies on Brexit would not solve the border issues and are an attempt to hide a hard border in a buffer zone. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"The latest reports of a new plan on Brexit and the border from David Davies are light on detail and do not take into account the reality of life along the border, particularly in areas such as Derry, Strabane and Newry which are essentially cross-border. 

"Once again this shows the lack of knowledge of border areas and the concerns they face - David Davies obviously didn’t learn much on his flying visits. 

"The creation of a buffer zone would merely move the problem away from the border and hide a hard border in a buffer zone. 

"While it appears that the British government is finally accepting that a unique solution is required for the north of Ireland, it must also accept the backstop option which it has already agreed. 

"This proposed plan, which is still being devised, focuses solely on trade and does not take into account the huge impact Brexit will have on the rights of people in the north. 

"The best way to protect trade, agriculture and the rights of people living in the north, as well as ensuring full protection for the Good Friday Agreement is for the north to remain in the customs union and single market and to have special status within the EU."

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