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Brexit would undermine gender rights - Anderson

10 March, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British government's Brexit agenda would result in a huge blow for gender rights. 

Ms Anderson said: 

"The EU provides a minimum safety net for protection of women’s rights

"There have been 20 key gains for workers in the North of Ireland, especially women, since both Ireland and Britain joined the EU and hence afforded access to the European Court of Justice.  

"From equal pay to child safety issues and study opportunities for young women, the EU has been beneficial to women in the North.

"People here recognised that when they voted to remain in the EU. That democratic mandate should not be ignored by a British government who have no mandate in the north. 

"We have fought for so long for equality and now our rights are being trampled on again

"There is good will for the north to remain in the EU with a designated special status.

"I, with the Sinn Féin EU team, am there daily, meeting with negotiators and officials who will work on behalf of the EU once Article 50 is triggered.

"Others too need to get involved in that campaign and I am urging women in particular to make their voices heard and fight to remain in the EU."

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