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British exit from EU could undermine political progress – Kearney

30 September, 2015


Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said a British exit from the EU could undermine the political progress made on dealing with the legacy of the conflict. 

Speaking to MEPs at a GUE/NGL study visit in Monaghan, Mr Kearney said; 

"It is clear this British government is embarked on a strategy to dilute and restrict human and employment rights and protections for citizens.

"British Conservatives have an ideological aversion to the overarching accountability of European laws and rights, and their precedence over British security and criminal justice.

"This has implications for the exercise of human rights within the north of Ireland, and the centrality of human rights protections within the overall Good Friday Agreement framework.

"It also illustrates Britain's resistance to fully cooperate with the implementation of any justice or truth recovery mechanisms that have the potential to put a spotlight on the involvement of state agencies and their agents in Britain's secret war.

"At a time when all efforts must be focussed on the implementing the legacy provisions of the Stormont House Agreement we must be watchful that the Tory attacks on human rights do not allow Britain to escape its commitments to tell the truth about its war in Ireland".

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