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Taoiseach must listen to border communities on Brexit – Adams

25 April, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that the Taoiseach must listen to the call from border communities for the Irish government to seek designated special status for the North within the European Union.

Deputy Adams made the comments as campaign group ‘Border Communities against Brexit’ held a demonstration at Government Buildings this morning and delivered a letter to the Taoiseach’s office to emphasise the demand ahead of the European Council meeting this coming Saturday.

He said:

“Designated special status for the North within the European Union is a realistic and achievable solution.

“It is already supported by the majority of parties in the Dáil. It is supported by the majority of MLAs who were elected in the recent Assembly Elections.

“It is also essential in the face of Brexit with its multiple threats to our Agri-food sector, our agriculture, manufacturing and IT sectors and to our small businesses, especially along the border.

“The people living in our border communities have also made it clear that they see special status within the EU as the best way forward.

“These communities are taking a stand against the re-imposition of a hard border because it would have very real consequences in their daily lives.

“They have called on the Taoiseach to formally seek, during negotiations at the European Council meeting this Saturday, support from other EU members states for designated special for the north within the European Union. The group has also stated that the Irish government should seek a veto on any deal reached between the EU and British government should special status not be delivered.

“These are positions that Sinn Féin has been urging the Taoiseach to adopt for a long time now. He must listen to what is the strongly articulated view from the border communities.

“The aim of the Taoiseach must be to keep the entire island of Ireland within the EU.

“He has a duty to advocate for the position of designated special status for the North within the European Union to be included in the EU’s negotiating guidelines on Brexit.” 

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