Green Party Leader welcomes report that NI will remain in Customs Union

Friday February 9 2018

Green Party Leader Steven Agnew has welcomed reports that the EU withdrawal agreement will stipulate that Northern Ireland will effectively remain in the Customs Union and single market following Brexit.

It was reported that UK negotiators in Brussels were told by their counterparts that the legally binding text will see Northern Ireland remain under EU law at the end of the 21-month transition period, wherever it is relevant to the north-south economy and the requirements of the Good Friday agreement.

“Leaving the Customs Union would be disastrous for Northern Ireland, which relies hugely on the Republic of Ireland for trade, exporting almost £3bn worth of goods across the border every year,” Mr Agnew said.

“Only a close and comprehensive custom union with the EU will protect Northern Ireland’s economy, its agricultural base and its peace process.

“The best outcome for the UK as a whole would be to remain within the Customs Union.

“It is also vital that the people of the UK should have the final say on a process that will affect their futures so profoundly, by voting in a referendum on the final deal,” the Green Party leader said.

 

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