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Implications of a Brexit need to be a priority for all - Anderson

17 November, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the potential effects of BREXIT on Ireland needs to be a priority for all.

Ms Anderson is in London this week as part of a delegation from the Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) of the European Parliament to discuss BREXIT.

Speaking from London, Ms Anderson said

"We have held discussions around the implications of BREXIT with Pat McFadden shadow Minister of State for Europe State for Europe, Mats Persson, Head of the British Prime Minister's European Strategy Unit and Alex Salmond, former leader of the SNP.

"One point that I have been affirming during our deliberations this week is that the EU should be a place of peace and people, not about power.

"There is no doubt that multinationals are diluting democracy, turning them into systems of economic power at the service of unseen empires.

"There is much that needs changed but what needs built upon are human rights, social rights and consumer rights. 

Ms Anderson continues,

"However, at these meetings I have been consistent in raising the implications of a BREXIT for Ireland, with an EU border right in the heart of Ireland, and how these adverse effects have failed to cross the radar of many of the decision makers.

"The British government should not be taking the peace & political processes in the north for granted to achieve financial concessions for the city of London.

"I have placed the potential effects of a BREXIT on Ireland on the agenda and with speculation of a BREXIT referendum in September 2016, the impending impacts on Ireland needs to be a priority for everyone." ENDS 

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