Brexit threatens to undermine progress made in peace process - Anderson
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda threatens to undermine the progress made in the peace and political processes over two decades.
Speaking at a conference on Brexit in London today, Martina Anderson said:
"Ireland as a whole did not want Brexit in the referendum and the north of Ireland voted by 56% to remain in the EU, that vote is being ignored by the British Government.
"Europe has been a major contributor to our peace process and we cannot and will not allow our peace process to be undermined by such narrow party-political interests.
"The very bed rock on which our peace process was built is now under threat because of the reckless approach to Brexit by the Tories and the DUP, who merely see the problems created by all of this as collateral damage.
"Every effort must be made by the supporters of peace to ensure that does not happen, and the only way to avoid creating conditions that put our peace process at risk, such as an EU frontier and the removal of people’s rights is to support the case for the north to receive special designated status within the EU.
"The Irish Parliament in a majority vote supports this position, a majority in the northern Assembly support this position and there is growing indications that the Irish Government also support this position.
"We now need to see the Irish government giving effect to this position and its pledge to protect the rights of people in the north by working actively to secure special status for the north within the EU."