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Special status needed to protect equality provisions in North - Lynch

29 June, 2017 - by Seán Lynch

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has said designated special status within the European Union is the only guarantee that equality and human rights provisions in the North are protected.

Sean Lynch was speaking after the Equality Commission urged the British government to ensure that the promotion of equality and good relations in the North was a priority in the face of a Tory Brexit.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone said:

"The British government have no clear plan for Brexit.

"In the face of their Brexit agenda and their intention to repeal the Human Rights Act it is imperative that there can be no regression from the existing equality protections and mechanisms.

"The British government have failed to implement United Nations human rights standards and we in the North cannot depend on them therefore offering even the most basic protections to all in our society.

"The only way we can ensure that human rights are strengthened not weakened is by ensuring that we remain part of Europe, have access to the European Court of Justice and have our own Bill of Rights as was set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

"The denial of a Bill of Rights reflects the mindset of those who are opposed to equality and Human Rights.

"The North must have Designated Special Status within the EU, it is only by this process we can guarantee that equality provisions are protected." 

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