Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has said there is growing support in Europe for the north to secure special status within the EU and called on the British government to recognise that and work with the EU to achieve it. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The latest paper which the European Commission sent to the British government today is welcome as it builds on the October resolution. 

“It acknowledges the need to protect the Common Travel area, north-south cooperation and the institutions created by the Good Friday Agreement. 

“It also calls on the British government to ensure there is no imposition of an EU frontier on the island of Ireland and no emergence of regulatory divergence from the rules of the internal market and customs union. 

“When the Council meets in December it must build further on this to ensure no regression in rights and that the Good Friday Agreement is protected. 

“And the Taoiseach needs to signal his intention to oppose the Brexit negotiations progressing to trade talks unless the issues relating to Ireland are fully addressed. 

“This paper is further evidence that the EU acknowledges and supports the need for the north to secure special status within the EU.

“Successive papers coming from the EU support that position and now it is time for the British government to recognise that and work with the EU to secure special status for the north within the EU.”