Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said business leaders across the north need to challenge the British government to honour the agreements it made in December and sign up to the protocol which give legal effect to the Brexit trade solutions put forward by the EU.
Speaking after addressing a meeting the Chamber of Commerce in the north which brought together key business leaders, Martina Anderson said:
“Today I addressed representatives of the business community from across the north as part of a Chamber of Commerce event on the impact of Brexit.
“I updated them on the importance of the resolution passed in the European Parliament this week which welcomed the ‘backstop’ option which would see the north remain in the customs union and elements of the single market.
“I made it clear that we have now secured the support of the European Parliament, the European Council and the European Commission for a position which takes us very close to special status for the north within the EU and we will continue to work to ensure there is no diminution of rights.
“The business community will no doubt welcome the legal certainty that the backstop option provides.
“I also proposed that in order to ensure trade is allowed to continue unhindered post-Brexit that a system of green and red channels be established to deal with east-west trade.
“Goods moving between the north of Ireland and Britain would use the green channel which would not be subject to any constraints and goods coming from Britain to the island of Ireland would move through a red channel which would involve the necessary checks to protect the integrity of the single market.
“I also called on the business community to make their voices heard and let the British government know that they agreed this in December and should sign off on the solutions put forward by the EU27 based on the agreed Joint Report which now need to be made legally enforceable so that trade can be protected.” Ends/Críoch