Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

7th December 2017

– Opinion Poll shows 58% of people in Northern Ireland want the North to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach Spokesperson on North-South Bodies and Cross Border Co-Operation has said as a border TD, that while respecting the sensitivities of reaching an agreed text on Ireland and the Border issue, there should be no divergence nor no realignment of the text as initially agreed last Monday. The North comprises a diverse population and one section of that community should not hold all the power.
“Michel Barnier has said that the next 48 hours are crucial in order for the second phase of the Brexit negotiations to commence. While I have no problem with an addition to the text, there should be divergence nor no realignment of the text as initially agreed.”
“An opinion poll of the people of Northern Ireland shows at 58% want the North to stay in the Single Market and Customs Union after Brexit. 75% believe that EU standards should be maintained in the North post Brexit and some 48% favour joining a United Ireland in the case of a hard Brexit. While I am not sure exactly what cross-section of the population was polled, I share that view, however, now is not the time for muddying of the waters. We need to solve the current impasse on the text of the agreement on the border for the sake of a unified approach to our economy,” said Breathnach.
“I have always said that finding a solution for the border is the key to resolving the many issues that would affect trade and movement of people and goods. Harmonisation found in the border counties North and South would ultimately unlock the problems that Brexit has brought upon us within the EU”, concluded Breathnach.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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