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Irish government must act to defend rights of citizens in the north - Anderson

6 April, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the Irish government to act to defend the rights of people in the north during the ongoing Brexit negotiations. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Today in the Brexit negotiations in Brussels the issue of citizens rights will be discussed. 

"In order to protect the rights of citizens in the north, the Irish government now need to act to protect the rights of citizens in the north from Brexit. 

"Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged that Irish citizens in the north will never again be left behind by an Irish government and now he has an opportunity to demonstrate that commitment. 

"Citizenship rights, human rights, and the rights contained in the Good Friday Agreement need to be protected from the Tory Brexit agenda which is scrapping the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Irish government needs to hold firm and ensure there is no regression on rights. 

"The democratic rights of the people in the north, including the right to direct representation in the European Parliament also needs to be protected and the Taoiseach should set how he will ensure that right is protected by creating a mechanism for people in the north to continue to elect an MEP. 

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

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