European Parliament rejects proposal to grant Northern Ireland special EU status out of hand

This is probably an important straw in the wind in terms of what’s practical. An amendment aimed at granting Northern Ireland special status and moved by GUE/NGL (of which Sinn Fein is a constituent member) was defeated by 374 votes to 66.

In the event of a successful negotiation of Article 50, the more likely adjustments are likely to be needed on the Republic’s side to allow them exemptions from EU laws, funding streams and trade restrictions to allow for continuing trade (and not just N/S but E/W too).

If that’s any indication of how sovereign governments are thinking, then those pushing for NI special status would need to check their reality bases tout suite.

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