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DUP abandon rights protections in repeal bill vote - O'Dowd

12 September, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

The DUP has abandoned European rights protections following the passage of the Tory Repeal Bill in Westminster, John O’Dowd MLA has said.

The legislation, which was carried in a vote late on Monday night, seeks to remove European human rights protections from citizens in the north, and has now passed to Committee Stage.

The Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson said:

“The right-wing pact between the Tories and DUP is a blank cheque for the disastrous Tory Brexit agenda and their unequivocal support for the government tonight to repeal crucial human rights protections under EU law is very damaging.

“The DUP's support for this Tory Brexit Bill shows a deep-seeded contempt for rights protections guaranteed by the European Court of Human Rights, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Court of Justice.

“These legal guarantees are vital for citizens in the north of Ireland, and crucially, the protection of the Good Friday Agreement.

“The DUP's support for this Tory power grab now puts at risk safeguards for workers, human rights, the environment, and rights enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.

“In effect this legislation would give the right-wing Tory-DUP alliance the power to undermine the Good Friday Agreement.​

“​At a time when DUP discrimination is blocking the restoration of the political institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, this Bill reveals a flagrant disregard for the rights and livelihoods of Irish citizens, north and south.

“The EU has expressed serious concerns over the British government's ignorance of the impact the imposition of an EU frontier will have in Ireland, and called for a unique status for the north.

"In this context Sinn Féin will continue our campaign for Designated Special Status within the EU."

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