Sinn Féin leader in the north, Michelle O’Neill MLA, has said there is growing support across Europe for Ireland and the case for the north to have designated special status within the EU.
She was speaking from London where she and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and Francie Molloy MP are involved in a series of engagements today.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“Today Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, Francie Molloy MP and I are involved in a series of engagements in London to discuss Brexit and its impact in the North.
“At these meetings we are making it clear that the majority of people in the north voted to remain in the EU and will take the opportunity to again reject the Tory Brexit agenda during the general election on 8 June.
“It is clear there is a recognition across Europe of the unique circumstances of the island of Ireland and in particular the severe consequences of a hard economic border which will be a major setback for our peace process, the Good Friday Agreement and the progress of the past 20 years.
“There is now an onus on the Irish government who will be part of the EU negotiations to act in the national interests of all citizens, north and south, and to persuade their EU partners of the political and economic merits of designated special status for the north within the EU.
“This will ensure that the whole island of Ireland remains within the EU together.”