Sinn Fein seeks special status for Northern Ireland after Brexit

It wants access to the Single Market

Sinn Fein is calling for Northern Ireland to get special status after Brexit which would allow it to access the EU's Single Market.

It argues that 25 overseas countries and territories associated with EU states already enjoy this status.

The paper uses an agreement between Greenland and Denmark as a blueprint.

"Given there is already a recognition at EU level of the special circumstances that pertain on the island of Ireland it is an entirely rational position to argue for the North to extend this to designated special status within the EU," it said in the document which has been seen by The Irish Times.

It argues that this would aid the peace process, allow Northern Ireland access to the Single Market, allow the whole of the island of Ireland to stay in the common travel area, and protect EU funds for the region.

It is unclear how the mechanics of introducing such an agreement would work in the wake of the Brexit vote.

The Nevin Economic Research published research earlier in this week which said that in the event of a 'Hard' Brexit Northern Ireland would be better off outside of the Single Market, given its economic reliance on the UK.

Controversy

This morning Austin Stack has interrupted a press conference held by Gerry Adams in Dublin outlining these plans.

He accused the Sinn Féin president of having information on who killed his father and accused him of lying to the public about that. Mr Adams has denied that allegation.