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Tory Brexit agenda is an attack on human rights - Anderson

18 August, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda is an attack on the human rights of the people of the north. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"I met this week with the Equality Commission, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Consortium to discuss the impact of Brexit on human rights. 

"It is clear that Brexit will impact all aspects of life here but particularly issues around human rights and equality. It will have wide ranging implications for many of the basic rights that we take for granted. 

"There is no doubt that the Tory Brexit agenda is an attack on our human rights. 

"The fact that the proposals published this week by the British government on dealing with Brexit and the north is totally silent on the human rights, particularly the European Convention on Human Rights, and continued access the courts over breaches to human rights legislation is very concerning. 

"The Tories talk about being committed to the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts but appear to have ignored their human rights obligations under the agreement.  

"The entirety of the Good Friday Agreement, including the human rights it safeguards, must be protected in the Brexit negotiations. 

"The best way to protect our rights is for the north to secure designated special status within the EU." 

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