Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has reiterated his party’s position that there can be no hard border in Ireland after Brexit and that the North must be given Designated Special Status within the European Union.

He added that DUP voters and others must challenge what he says is the party’s reckless and irresponsible approach to the current Brexit negotiations.

Matt Carthy said:

“Sinn Féin has repeatedly put forward the position that we need to see Designated Special Status for the North of Ireland, within the European Union.

“People in the North of Ireland voted to remain in the EU. There is no mandate for Brexit in any part of Ireland.

“It is therefore crucial that the North remains in the Customs Union and the Single Market.

“The Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement, in all its parts, must be protected.

“The rights of Irish and EU citizens in the North must be upheld.

“It’s now time for those farmers, businesses, trade unionists and communities who support the DUP to challenge that party’s reckless and irresponsible stance.

“The actions of the DUP are in direct conflict with the best interests of those whom they claim to represent and those who voted for them.”

North must be granted special status within EU

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