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Vigilance and unity of purpose required in time ahead - Dolan

Published: 12 December, 2017

Jemma Dolan MLA has said that vigilance and unity of purpose will be required as Brexit negotiations move to the next phase.

Speaking at an anti-Brexit protest in Roslea at the weekend, Ms Dolan said,

"The news coming out of Brexit negotiations last week is not a final deal. Broad principles have been laid out, which includes recognition for the special situation of the north of Ireland. However, the communiqué still leaves many questions unanswered.

"The threat of a hard, economic border still remains as the British Government insists that the north must leave the customs union and the single market. This is particularly concerning and it threatens the Good Friday Agreement.

"We have no clarity at all about the future role of the European Court of Justice and rights of EU citizens in the north. Withdrawal from the European Court of Justice, as is the British governments' current position, and all that goes with it threatens the safeguards on rights which are essential to the Good Friday Agreement.

"We in Sinn Féin will not stand for any hardening of the border in Ireland or any dilution or undermining of the Good Friday Agreement.

"Vigilance and unity of purpose is required in the time ahead by border communities like ours, and all who care about Ireland's interests, to ensure that Brexit does not result in any type of hard border and to ensure that the rights of all our people are upheld." - Ends/Críoch