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Irish government denying voice to northern citizens in EU Parliament - Anderson

28 November, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Irish government cannot claim to be defending the rights of people in the north while at the same time denying them a voice in the European Parliament.  

Martina Anderson said: 

"More than 600,000 people in the north voted in the last European election to have their voice heard in the European Parliament 

"The majority of people in the north also voted to remain in the EU in the referendum in 2016. 

"Despite this and despite the fact they will remain EU citizens post-Brexit with a right to direct representation in the European Parliament they will be denied that right as a result of Brexit. 

"The Irish government had an opportunity to do something about that and allocate the two additional seats it received to the north but instead chose to put party politics above the rights of Irish citizens. 

"An Taoiseach has previously pledged that people in the north will never again be left behind by an Irish government but by refusing to allocate the seats to the north he has left hundreds of thousands of people in the north behind by denying them a voice in Europe. 

"The Irish government can no longer claim to be standing up for our rights when they are denying us the basic, fundamental democratic right of being able to directly elect representatives to the European Parliament."

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