Joint statement by Brendan Howlin and Colum Eastwood on Brexit

07 July 2016

Joint statement by Labour Party and SDLP Party Leaders

At a meeting of the PES Leaders in Paris on 7th July a common view of the consequences of the British vote on Brexit was presented to the gathering by the Leaders of the Irish Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD and the Leader of the SDLP Colum Eastwood.

The unique implications for the island of Ireland was clearly set out by both Leaders – including the complete unacceptability of a land border on the Island; the imperative of preserving common travel between Ireland and the U.K.; the preservation of European involvement in The Good Friday Agreement and the centrality of trade between Ireland and the U.K., particularly cross border trade in the island of Ireland.

The meeting representing the second largest group in the European Parliament and nine EU prime ministers took careful note of the Irish position.

ENDS

Contact Mags Murphy 087-2491626

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