McNulty: Border must remain invisible

September 25, 2017

Speaking after attending the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt’s address to a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Committees on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in Dáil Éireann, Justin McNulty MLA has reaffirmed that the border between north and south must remain invisible.

“The border issue is a consequence of the UK’s decision to exit the EU. The UK is entirely responsible for developing a unique solution that does not adversely impact, business, agriculture, the agri-food industry or any of the freedoms the people of Ireland, North or South have become accustomed to,” Mr McNulty said.

“A practical solution must be created which protects the Good Friday Agreement, preserves the Common Travel Area and avoids any possibility of a hard border. The Brexit decision by the UK cannot compromise EU Citizenship rights for Irish passport holders – a mechanism must be found that enables Irish citizens to continue to enjoy the rights of EU citizenship.  It is imperative that through the Brexit negotiations a unique workable solution is developed whereby the North remains part of the Customs Union and the Single Market.”