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Anderson highlights need to protect rights in Strasbourg

30 May, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said MEPs are aware of the need for the rights of people in the north of Ireland to be protected from Brexit.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said: 

"Today I held a series of meetings at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the need for the north to remain in the customs union and single market and the importance of protecting the rights of the people in the north. 

"I met with Roberto Gaulteiri MEP from the Brexit Steering Group to remind him of the need to ensure there is no reduction in rights, including democratic rights, for citizens in the north as a result of Brexit, and that mechanisms must be in place to ensure those rights can be enjoyed, accessed and exercised. 

"At a meeting of the European Parliament's peace process support group I reiterated the potential damage the Tory Brexit agenda and the possible imposition of a hard border could do to the peace process and made it clear once again that DUP do not speak for the people of the north, the majority of whom rejected Brexit. 

"It is clear there is support for our position in Europe and the British government must now recognise and honour the agreements it has already entered into to and come up with proposals which respect those." 

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