Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD speaking in Dublin today said:
“The Irish government doesn’t have a strategy or a plan to deal with the dire consequences of Brexit for all the people of the island of Ireland. Sinn Féin has argued for an all-island vision. This view is strengthened by the vote in the North, which is to stay within the EU.
“That has to be upheld by the Irish government and all political parties. The government refuses to take up that position at this time.
“Brexit is a hostile action – the British government’s decision to drag the North out of the EU against the wishes of the electorate is a hostile action. This and the indifference of the Tory Government in London toward Ireland, North and South, will destroy the Good Friday Agreement.
“Sinn Féin is proposing that the Taoiseach argue for a special designated status for the north within the EU. Thus far he refuses to take up that position.
“Instead of engaging with the EU and lobbying for a special designated status for the North within the EU, the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fáil leader were asleep at the wheel, speculating about, and being mesmerised by what the British government might do after the Brexit vote.
“It was obvious what they would do. Taking the North out of the EU, against the wishes of the people, will mean that the frontier between the EU and the British state will be on the island of Ireland. It will be an economic border from Derry to Dundalk. No one in Ireland, North or South, wants that.
“To prevent this the Taoiseach needs to win the support of the other 26 EU member states for the north to be accorded a Special Designated Status within the EU. There is precedent for this.”