Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Irish government should work to protect the economy north and south by helping secure special status for the north within the EU. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“Yet again we have another expert report outlining the disastrous impact Brexit will have on our economy. 

“This latest report, from Copenhagen Economics, found that Brexit has the potential to turn back the Irish economy to the economic crash of 2007-8 and a seven per cent reduction in the economy by 2030. 

“This, following on from the British government’s own report which showed that Brexit will a disaster for the economy in the north, regardless of whatever outcome is reached in the negotiations. 

“The Taoiseach and the Irish government should take heed of these reports and work to ensure the economy, north and south, is protected through the north remaining in the single market and customs union. 

“The best way to do this is for the Irish government to join with us to secure special status for the north within the EU.”