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British proposals for Brexit ‘deeply cynical’ – Cullinane

16 August, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking on the publication of the British government’s position paper on the north and Brexit, Sinn Féin TD and Brexit spokesperson David Cullinane TD said:

“The British government claim that it wants things to remain as they are as they leave the European Union is a nonsense.

“The approach of the British Government is deeply cynical.

“It is trying to use the special and unique situation of Ireland as a bargaining chip for concessions towards a wider, ‘frictionless’ customs union between Britain and the EU.

 “They want any frictionless border system put in place on the island of Ireland to be the template for all of its border controls with the EU.

“This has been dismissed as unrealistic and fantasy.

“The proposals of the British Government are not compatible with the Good Friday Agreement, the needs of the community, or the economic interest of Ireland North and South.

“There is an onus is on the Irish Government as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and a member state of the EU Council to argue the democratically expressed wish of the cross community majority in the North who voted to Remain within the EU with the rest of Ireland.

“The solution for Ireland is simple; respect the vote in the North.

“Sinn Féin believes that the only viable option is for designated special status for the north within the EU.” 

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