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Anderson launches special status legal opinion at Stormont

20 November, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said there is growing support for special status across the EU and called on the Irish government to work to secure it. 

Speaking at the launch of independent legal advice, written by Doughty Street Chambers, at Stormont today, Martina Anderson said: 

"At Stormont this morning I launched independent legal advice on Brexit, commissioned by GUE/NGL, and written by Doughty Street Chambers. 

"I was joined at the launch by the solicitors who wrote the legal opinion which found that there is no legal barrier to securing special status for the north within the EU. 

"MEPs and Brexit negotiators from across Europe get that and recognise the need for the north to secure special status within the EU in order to protect the Good Friday Agreement and citizens rights. 

"If there is a political will, securing special status for the north within the EU is possible. 

"What we now need to see is the Irish government stepping up to the plate, defending Irish interests and working for special status. 

"We have a small window of opportunity to make our case and that requires action from everyone interested in defending and promoting the rights of Ireland and its citizens." 

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