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Independent legal report calls for special status to protect human rights - Anderson

8 March, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said an independent legal report has called for special status for the north in order to protect human rights from Brexit. 

Speaking at the launch of an independent legal report into the impact of Brexit on human rights in London today, Martina Anderson said: 

"This independent legal report, commissioned by GUE/NGL and authored by Doughty Street Chambers, shows conclusively that Brexit will have a hugely negative impact on human rights. 

"This report not only shows that the Tory Brexit agenda will undermine human rights, but that it also has the potential to damage the peace process in the north and the Good Friday Agreement.

"Crucially, this report makes it clear that in order to protect the rights contained in the Good Friday Agreement and to recognise the unique challenges in the north then special status for the north is essential. 

"That is the clear position of this legal advice and it also echoes the position of the EU in the draft treaty that a special arrangement for the north must be found. 

"The report also reinforces that case that Irish citizens in the north must continue to access their rights and entitlements as EU citizens post-Brexit. 

"We cannot allow any diminution of rights as a result of Brexit and the best way to ensure that is to secure special status for the north within the EU."

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