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Theresa May's Brexit 'wish list' will create hard border on the island - O'Dowd

17 January, 2017 - by John O'Dowd


Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd has described the British Prime Minister’s Brexit plan as a ‘wish list’, which will create a hard border on the island.

The party’s spokesperson on Brexit said:

“Theresa May’s ‘plan’ today clearly shows she is ignoring the views of the people of the north.

“It is a wish list which does not have the agreement of the people of the north to move forward.

“People’s day to day lives already being impacted price. The price of fuel and home heating oil etc have already increased, as a result ordinary people are already experiencing the negative impact of Brexit.

“Her intentions to leave the single market and her indecisiveness about the customs union will have a detrimental impact on the economy in the north and across island.

“Exiting the single market and customs union would create a hard border on the island of Ireland and soft words from Theresa May mean nothing.

“It is worth noting that the Joint Ministerial Council are meeting on Thursday. Theresa May announcing her Brexit plan today shows clearly she is not interested in listening to the views of the Executive or the Scottish or Welsh administrations.

“The British Tory government is not listening.

“Sinn Féin’s position in clear, 56 percent of the people here voted to remain and those voices need to be heard.

“The north of Ireland needs to be granted special status within the European Union. The Irish government needs to be working towards that goal.

“This issue is bigger than Sinn Féin, this is about the democratic wishes of the people being ignored by some local politicians and by the British government.” 

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