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Sinn Féin Motion on Brexit debated in Dáil - Gerry Adams TD

15 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin’s motion on Brexit is being debated this evening in the Dáil.

Sinn Féin President and Louth TD Gerry Adams said:

“At the core of our motion is the demand that in the Brexit negotiations the government seek for the North to be designated with a special status within the EU.”

Gerry Adams expressed his deep disappointment at the Taoiseach’s opposition to a special designated status in the Dáil today.

The Sinn Féin leader said:

“This is the first time the Taoiseach has said with such clarity that he is not in favour of a special designated status. The Taoiseach’s response reflects a deep flaw in the government’s approach to Brexit.

“This stance ignores the widespread opposition on this island to partition. It also ignores the Good Friday Agreement which recognises the unique status of the North.

“The EU has demonstrated its ability to be flexible in coming forward with pragmatic arrangements for dealing with complex situations. Greenland, a Danish dependent territory with limited devolution, who voted to leave the EU in 1985 while Denmark as the member state remained. Greenland was then transferred to Overseas Countries and Territories status. 25 Overseas Countries and Territories have a special relationship status with the EU.

“Does the Taoiseach believe it is beyond the ability of the people of this island to shape out a special arrangement for the North arising from Brexit?

“Had those of us who negotiated the Good Friday Agreement taken that approach there would have been no agreement.

“The Taoiseach’s position is unacceptable. No Irish government should meekly accept the rejection by a blow-in British Secretary of State that Britain will not accept a special designated status for the North.

“I have repeatedly called on the Taoiseach and government to agree a strategic approach to the negotiations with clear political, economic and trade objectives. They must protect the interests of all citizens on the island of Ireland, defend the Good Friday Agreement and ensure that the frontier between the EU and Britain is not on the island of Ireland.”

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