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Ireland must be key to second phase of Brexit talks - Anderson

15 December, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the issues of Ireland and citizens rights must be key in the second phase of Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking from Brussels, Martina Anderson said:

"I was in Brussels this morning for the meeting of the European Council where it was decided that the Brexit negotiations can move on to the next stage. 

"It is essential as the talks move to the next stage in the New Year that the issues of Ireland, the border, protecting north-south co-operation and trade and citizens rights are kept to the fore. 

"They cannot be allowed to move down the agenda in favour of other items and I will be working with my fellow Sinn Féin MEPs in the European Parliament will work to ensure they don't. 

"There is a huge responsibility now on the Irish government to ensure it lives up to its pledges in recent days about supporting the rights of Irish citizens in the north and works to ensure the full implementation of what has been agreed and making sure there is no rolling back. 

"It now has to work in the next stage of the negotiations to secure the north's place in the custom's union and single market.

"We will continue to work to ensure that commitments made are legally binding and enforced."

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