Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD attended a meeting in Dundalk on Friday with the Speaker of the German Bundestag Prof Norbert Lambert. The meeting was organised by An Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghaíl.
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the impact of Brexit on the Memorandum of Understanding between Newry and Mourne and Louth County council.
Gerry Adams said:
The Dáil has now voted in favour of the Sinn Féin position that argues the case for the North to be designated Special Status within the EU – which should now become official Government policy.
Sinn Féin is concerned about the entire island of Ireland and what we need now is a White paper which sets out the Governments political and policy approach to the EU negotiations over the next 2 years relating to the border, free movement, trade, investment, [tax policy i.e Apple (EU v Irish Govt], competitiveness, Agri food, energy, GFA human rights safeguards, EU funding and all other relevant matters.
The island of Ireland and especially the border corridor, will be disproportionately impacted both economically in terms of competitiveness and politically in terms of the GFA constitutional and institutional arrangements and the impact of a land border.
The EU has been a critical partner for peace providing political and financial aid and it is crucial that we maintain this relationship.
Brexit now demands that the Irish Government reshapes future foreign policy both with Britain and the EU itself. The withdrawal of Britain presents an opportunity to now Reform the EU, including the strengthening of the role of smaller Member States within it.