North must be designated special status within the EU – McCallion

It has been reported at the weekend that the British Labour Party is considering a policy of staying in the Customs Union and the Single Market as part of Brexit.Responding to these reports

Sinn Féin Foyle MP Elisha McCallion said:elisha-mccallion-copy

“The people of the North voted against Brexit. The policy documents unveiled by the British Government over the past two weeks including leaving the Customs Union will have disastrous consequence for trade across Ireland and between Ireland and Britain.
“It will cost jobs, undermine the economy and agreements. It is bad for the island of Ireland.

“I note that it has been reported that the British Labour Party is considering remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market. This would be welcome as it would mitigate some the impacts of Brexit. We will be in contact with the British Labour Party on their proposals and Sinn Féin will be meeting with them and other parties at Westminster in the coming weeks.

“However, remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market will only deal with part of the negative impacts of Brexit. What is required to give effect to the vote of the people of the North, is for the North to be designated special status within the EU.”

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