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O’Neill to meet European Parliament's chief negotiator

19 September, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin leader in the North Michelle O’Neill MLA will lead a party delegation to meet the European Parliament's chief Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt tomorrow to continue to press the case for the North to be granted special status to remain in the European Union.

“This meeting is part of the ongoing political engagement which Sinn Féin has been engaged in ever since the EU referendum,” Michelle O’Neill commented.

“We have been robustly arguing the case for special status right across Europe and it’s clear from the EU’s prioritisation of Ireland’s needs within the Brexit negotiations that our efforts are producing results.

“There is clearly now a firm understanding among the other EU nations that Brexit will be disastrous for the island of Ireland. It will potentially decimate many economic sectors and undermine peace agreements which the European Union have played a pivotal role in consolidating and supporting. 

 “The only credible way to prevent that scenario is for the north to be granted designated special status within the EU in line with the wishes of the majority who voted to remain in the referendum,

“That is the message that we will be making to Guy Verhofstadt tomorrow and will continue to press at every opportunity throughout Europe in the weeks and months ahead.”

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