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Barnier needs to hear united message on designated special status for North - Carthy

10 May, 2017 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy, who is to attend an address by Michel Barnier, to the Oireachtas tomorrow, has said the EU’s Chief Negotiator on Brexit needs to hear a united message from Irish political representatives.

Carthy said:

“With my fellow Sinnn Féin MEPs, I have already met Mr Barnier and impressed upon him the gravity of Brexit for Ireland.

“I have outlined the challenges faced by the North of Ireland being dragged out of the EU against the democratically expressed wishes of the people there.

“I have made the case forcibly for the North to have special designated status within the EU as a democratic imperative.

"People in the North are entitled, under international law, as a result of the Good Friday agreement, to Irish citizenship. That makes them de facto EU citizens.

“The EU has a responsibility to protect the rights of its citizens who risk being dragged out of the European Union against their own democratically expressed wishes.

“Tomorrow Michel Barnier needs to hear a united message from all Irish political representatives that the North of Ireland must have designated special status within the European Union.

“That is the official position of the Dáil but it also needs to be the crystal clear message coming from the Taoiseach and his government.

“The only way to avoid an economic calamity and a hard border on the island of Ireland is for the North to have Designated Special Status.

“Sinn Féin will be putting directly to Mr Barnier the urgent need for the North’s position in relation to the EU to be clarified."

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