Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson launched an independent legal opinion which shows there is no legal barrier to the north securing special status within the EU in Dublin today. 

The document, which was commissioned by GUE/NGL and written by Doughty Street Chambers in London, was launched in Leinster House today. 

Speaking following the launch, Martina Anderson said: 

“This independent legal advice shows that there is no legal barrier or impediment to the north securing special status within the EU. 

“It also shows that Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement. This is not just us saying this; it is barristers from one of Britain’s most respected legal chambers. 

“We have already launched it in Brussels, Belfast, now Dublin and tomorrow we will launch it in London. 

“We also briefed ambassadors in Leinster House this morning on the legal advice and the importance of securing special status. 

“There are 25 overseas countries and territories that have different status with the EU so what we are suggesting is not new; there are precedents across Europe. 

“This legal advice provides several models, based on those European examples, of what special status will look like. 

“It is crucially important that the north remains in the single market and customs union, that the Good Friday Agreement is all of its parts is upheld and that the north remains under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. 

“Securing special status for the north within the EU is possible, practical and deliverable. 

“At this crucial time ahead of the December Council meeting, we must address the outstanding issues of Ireland, the border and citizens rights. 

“The Taoiseach needs to stand up for Irish rights and use his veto to prevent the Brexit negotiations moving on until these issues are adequately addressed.”