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O'Dowd welcomes European Union call for unique status for North

7 September, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd welcomed confirmation that the European Union is seeking special arrangements for the north of Ireland in the wake of Brexit.

John O’Dowd said:

“I welcome news that the principle of a unique status for the North has been accepted by the EU.

“The paper recognises the fundamental requirement to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts including rights and north south working. involves protection of cross-border co-operation, the Good Friday Agreement and Irish membership of the European Customs Union.

"It recognises the need for an ‘unprecedented solution’ to the challenges of Brexit and the failure of the British government to bring forward solutions.

"This is a vindication of the Sinn Féin position of defending the democratic mandate of the people of the north to remain in the EU.

"The solution is clear from the EU paper, what is required is for the north to be designate special status within the EU. That is the way forward” 

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