Anderson challenges Taoiseach on Brexit in European Parliament
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has challenged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to act on his commitment on Brexit that Irish citizens in the north will not be left behind by an Irish government.
Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg which was addressed by An Taoiseach, Martina Anderson said:
"Brexit threatens to rip our island apart, dilute rights and freedoms we all enjoy and stunt the economic and social development of our island. It will harden the border, reinforce partition and undermine the Good Friday Agreement.
"We welcome the commitment that the people of the North would never again be left behind by the Irish government but now the Taoiseach needs to hold fast on this.
"The Taoiseach's comments that a special arrangement for the north is possible is welcome and we now need to see action from the Irish government to help secure special status for the north within the EU.
"The Taoiseach also must commit to a Europe that serves people, not multi-nationals. The civil, workers, environmental, linguistic and human rights of all citizens need to be protected and enhanced.
"This won’t be achieved in a faceless Europe which lacks compassion.
"It won’t be achieved in a Europe where the gap between rich and poor grows – or in a Europe of homelessness and hospital waiting lists.
"And it certainly won’t be achieved with any manifestation of an aggressive, militaristic Europe.
"It can be achieved by advancing the cause of an open, inclusive, transparent and rights based society. An Ireland of equals in a Europe of equals is what people want and deserve."