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All-Ireland bodies must be protected - Anderson

4 September, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said all-Ireland institutions and bodies must be protected from the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"The comments from the EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier that substantial work is needed on cross-border bodies in the Brexit negotiations highlights the need for them to be protected. 

"The all-Ireland institutions were created as part of the Good Friday Agreement - an internationally binding document - and must be protected along with the rest of the Agreement. 

"The Tory Brexit agenda cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the Good Friday Agreement. 

"The Irish government, as a co-guarantor of that Agreement, also need to make it clear in the negotiations that the Good Friday Agreement and the all-Ireland bodies it created are not negotiable. 

"The best way to protect the all-Ireland bodies and the other rights the Good Friday Agreement guarantees is for the north to secure special status within the EU." 

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