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British government can't be trusted to protect rights of people in the North - Anderson

30 August, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British government can't be trusted to protect the rights of people in the North post-Brexit. 

"If the Tories persist with their agenda to drag us out of the EU against the democratic wishes of the people of the North then there is no doubt that people's rights will suffer. 

"Under a Tory Brexit we would be denied access to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in matters of EU law. 

"As such we would be at the mercy of the British government, who, as we know from experience, can't be trusted to protect the rights of people in the north. 

"And it's not just us saying it. A coalition of eleven human rights groups in Britain have also said the British Home Office cannot be trusted over people's rights after last week's debacle where deportation letters were wrongly sent to almost 100 EU nationals living in Britain. 

"The British government have failed to implement commitments made in successive agreements, including on dealing with the legacy of the past, while subject to the ECJ so it is hard to believe we would see a change of approach post Brexit. 

"They have also failed to give a long term commitment to the European Convention of Human Rights so the future looks bleak for rights under the Tories. 

"The best way to protect our rights and protect access to the ECJ is to secure special status  for the North within the EU."

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