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Presidency of Council of EU should be challenged to respect vote from the north - Anderson

20 July, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Irish government should challenge the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to respect the democratic mandate of the people of the North. 

Ms Anderson said; 

"The British government has now announced it is withdrawing from its planned presidency of the Council of the European Union which is due to begin in mid 2017. 

"It is not yet clear who will replace them but whichever member state takes up the role they need to recognise and respect the democratic vote of the majority of people in the North to remain in the EU. 

"The Irish government in particular has a role to play in engaging with both the existing and incoming presidencies to ensure the views of the people of the North are respected.

"We can't allow the votes of people in England to dictate our future." 

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