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Decisions about Ireland's future should be taken in Ireland - O'Dowd

12 December, 2016 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O'Dowd has said decisions about Ireland's future relationship with the EU should be taken on the island of Ireland in the interests of all the people of the island.

Mr O'Dowd said; 

"Last week's joint meeting between the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Executive clearly highlighted that the British government does not have a strategy or plan in relation to its Brexit agenda. 

"Now a British House of Lords Report sets out the reality of the implications of Brexit on the people of Ireland and trade. The committee has called for measures to be put in place to protect freedom of movement and allow people to retain EU citizenship through their Irish citizenship. 

"The report also highlights that despite warm words from brexiteers our economy and in particular the agri food sector faces greater dangers than it does opportunities as a result of Brexit.

"Despite all the evidence highlighting the dangers to the North and the entire island of Ireland, British government ministers are determined to drag us out of the EU. 

"Any decision on our future relationship with the EU should be taken on the island of Ireland. 

"The people of the north have already made their views clear and the British government must respect that and work, together with the Irish government, to secure designated status for the north within the EU." 

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