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Brexit communique must be given legal effect - Anderson

1 February, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said more work must be done to give legal effect to the Brexit communique between Britain and the EU published in December. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"When the communique between the British government and the EU was published in December we made it clear that this was not a done deal and that much more work was needed. 

"I welcome the fact that the EU's Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier has now reminded British MPs of that when he spoke to a Westminster select committee. 

"It is clear that there is still much to be done on the border and citizens rights and as a first step we need to see the communique being turned into legally binding text. 

"The British government has already tried to renege on what was in the communique so it needs to be given legal effect as soon as possible. 

"There is a role for the Irish government too in ensuring that there is no regression on what was agreed in the political agreement in December. 

"We need more than words on the border, citizens rights and protecting the Good Friday Agreement and the best way to ensure their protection is for the north to secure special status within the EU."

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