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Irish government should demand designated status for the north within EU - Anderson

24 May, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has the Irish government needs to demand designated special status for the north within the EU in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking at a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union affairs in Leinster House today alongside MEPs and TDs from across Ireland, Martina Anderson said: 

"The British Government has ignored the electorate in the north who voted 56% to remain in the EU.

"We have no faith that Tories in London will in any way be negotiating to protect the interests of the people of this island, north or south. 

"All of us on this island need to be working together from the other side of the negotiating table, as part of the EU 27,  to ensure our citizens north and south are protected from this disastrous Tory Brexit agenda. 

"Sinn Féin has put forward a credible alternative to Brexit with our case for designated special status for the north within the EU. 

"The only ways to protect the best interests of all Irish citizens and prevent the negative impact of Brexit are achieving designated special status for the north within the EU and Irish unity. 

"It's time now for the Irish government to adopt the negotiating position, agreed by a majority in the Dáil and with a clear majority in the northern Assembly for Special Designated status for the north within the EU."

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