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Action needed to make British commitments on Brexit legally binding - Anderson

13 December, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said action is needed to turn the British government's commitments on Brexit into a legally binding agreement. 

Speaking in Strasbourg, where the European Parliament voted on a resolution to allow the Brexit negotiations to move to the next phase, Martina Anderson said: 

"In today's debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg it was clear that MEPs are concerned about the British government attempting to renege on its commitments made last week. 

"I made it clear to MEPs that this is what the British government does. It makes promises necessary to get others to move forward and then they start to row back and negotiate downwards. 

"We know that from years of experience of negotiations with successive British governments and their failures to implement agreements entered into. 

"This resolution which was overwhelmingly passed by the European Parliament says that 'full enforcement' regarding Ireland is key in relation to last week's communique.

“The continued application of the European Court of Justice and Charter of Fundamental Rights would assure this. 

"We also heard pledged today to turn what was in the communique last week into a binding legal text and that needs to happen as a matter of urgency. 

"The EU and the Irish government cannot simply take the British government at their word. 

"The Irish government in particular need to act on its recent public utterances and push to protect the rights of all Irish citizens by ensuring the ECJ continues to have jurisdiction in the north through securing special status within the EU."

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