Gerry Adams backs Brussels plans to PUNISH Britain for Brexit vote

Posted By: February 28, 2017

GERRY ADAMS, president of the Sinn Fein political party, claimed Brussels eurocrats should “quite likely” protect its interests by sanctioning Britain over Brexit.

Joe Barnes. Express. London. Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Republican hinted at the possibility of “tariffs and economic penalties” being put in place as part of the European Union’s deal to allow Britain to exit the bloc.

He also called on Theresa May to do the “decent thing” and deliver a “special deal” to allow Northern Ireland to have a “special designated status” within the EU.

When the UK eventually leaves the ailing European project, Brussels will lose one of its key sources of revenue, security and financial services.

Brexit will deprive the bloc of the region’s most powerful army, a global banking hub, and hefty budget contributions – leaving Brussels leaders likely to include a huge settlement fee in any divorce deal.


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Gerry Adams backed EU sanctions on the UK over Brexit

The European Union, quite likely, like any other federation or state, will want to protect itself.

Speaking to PBS NewsHour, Mr. Adams said: “The European Union, quite rightly, like any other federation or state, will want to protect itself.”

“There will be tariffs, there will be economic penalties and there will be physical manifestations of a hard border.”

The controversial politician moved on to attack Mrs. May’s Government, adding: “I don’t think they give a fig about people here – I don’t think they ever have.”

If the Prime Minister is to fulfill her promise of exiting the customs union, a “hard border on the island of Ireland” will be created, according to Sinn Fein.

Britain’s current membership allows tariff and paperwork-free trade between the UK and Republic of Ireland.

During a speech outlining her Brexit wishes, Mrs. May said: “Full membership of the customs union prevents us from negotiating our comprehensive trade deals.”

She said she would now seek to negotiate a new customs deal with Brussels, which would allow tariff-free trade to continue.

However, if a deal is not struck, it could lead to the return of some form of customs checks along the Irish border.

Reacting to her comments, Sinn Fein MLA John O’Dowd said: “Exiting the single European market, exiting the customs union, creates a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“Warm words, soft words from Theresa May mean nothing.”

He added such moves would have a “detrimental impact on the economy in the north and across” Ireland.

Mr. Adams claimed such a move would put the “most successful” peace deal in history at risk, adding a “special deal” should be the sort to not damage the Good Friday Agreement.

“This is the most successful peace process there is in the last half century,” he said.

“It needs to be nurtured, and it needs to be nourished. The sensible and decent thing for a British prime minister to do is to go for the principle of a special deal for the north within the European Union, a special designated status.”

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