The other EU nations are becoming increasingly concerned at the impact of Brexit on Ireland and are keen to explore Sinn Féin’s proposals for the North to remain within the EU, Michelle O’Neill has said.
The Sinn Féin Northern leader was speaking after she and party Brexit spokesperson John O’Dowd met with the Finnish ambassadors to Ireland and Britain today.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“We had a very positive discussion with the Finnish ambassadors and it is clear they and many other European nations are becoming increasingly concerned at the impact of Brexit on Ireland and particularly the potential for a border.
“Sinn Féin’s team of all-Ireland MEPs have been at the forefront of raising that awareness and we are seeing a real willingness to engage on our proposals for the North to be granted special status to remain within the EU.
“It is a realisable and credible alternative to Brexit and we have already secured support from the majority of parties in the Dáil for our proposals.
“Now that Article 50 has been triggered, we hope to do the same within the EU Parliament and I will be meeting the EU’s Chief Negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnier tomorrow when I will again be putting the case for Special Status.
“These engagements are crucial because it is the other European nations who will be kingmakers in the Brexit negotiations, not Theresa May or the Westminster government.”