Anderson welcomes MEPs backing for resolution on rights
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed the passing of a key resolution on Brexit in the European Parliament and called on the Taoiseach to act on its call to ensure rights are protected.
Speaking after a resolution on Brexit was passed by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, Martina Anderson said:
"I welcome the passing of this key resolution in the European Parliament in Strasbourg today in which 548 MEPs voted to back the Good Friday Agreement and the rights of people in the north.
"By voting for this resolution, the European Parliament has made clear that it will not accept any diminution of rights for people in the north as a result of Brexit. That includes employment rights, social rights and democratic rights.
"It also formally welcomes the backstop option which would see the north remaining in the customs union and elements of the single market.
"This sends out a clear message to the Tories and the Brexit negotiations that a unique solution is needed for the north. Unionism also needs to reflect that the UKIP amendments they supported were roundly rejected by 576 MEPs while the resolution which backs special status was widely supported.
"There is now a responsibility on the Taoiseach to act and set out how he intends to deliver on his pledge that Irish citizens in the north will never again be left behind by an Irish government.
"50 years on from the Civil Rights Movement, the Taoiseach must not state how his government will ensure that the democratic rights of people living in the north, including the right to representation in the European Parliament, will be protected and upheld.
"The most simple way to to this is through securing special status for the north within the EU."