Speaking in Dublin, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that “this morning’s decisions by the British Supreme Court that Westminster must vote on Article 50 and the rejection of any role for the devolved governments, underlines the importance of the Irish government’s role in defending the rights of Irish citizens in the North”.
Teachta Adams said:
“The Irish government needs to have as its strategic objective in its negotiations with the other 26 EU members the right of citizens in the North to a special designated status within the European Union.
“Brexit will undermine the institutional, constitutional and legal integrity of the Good Friday Agreement.
“It puts the British government is on a collision course with the EU in which our stability and economic progress are regarded as collateral damage.”
The Sinn Féin leader added:
“The Taoiseach and the Irish Government must uphold the Remain vote in the North and argue for the North to be accorded a special designated status within the EU. There are precedents for this.
“In its negotiations with the other EU states, it must act in the national interest and it has to fulfil its moral and legal duty as co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement.
“The political future, trade relationships, and prosperity of the entire Island of Ireland must be protected and enhanced together.”