Brexit negotiations ‘absolutely critical for the future of the island of Ireland’ – McDonald

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the north of Ireland must remain within the EU, including the Customs Union and the Single Market, as it is the only guarantee of stability and certainty that will deliver the full protection of the Good Friday Agreement

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The ongoing Brexit negotiations are absolutely critical for the future of the island of Ireland and it is vital that they succeed.

“Sinn Féin are in close contact with the Irish and British governments, and are engaged at EU level. Earlier, I met with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

“Sinn Féin have said from the beginning of this process that what is required is a Designated Special Status for the north within the European Union. The north, after all, voted to remain within the EU. That mandate must be respected and acted upon.

“This means the north must remain within the EU, including the Customs Union and the Single Market. That is the only guarantee of stability and certainty that will deliver the full protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts; including Irish citizenship and therefore the benefits of EU citizenship.

“This is a common sense, practical, and achievable proposal and, despite the claims of the DUP, it will not change the constitutional position of the north.”