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Rights will be lost without special status - Anderson

25 June, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said without special status for the north within the EU then many of the rights people currently enjoy will be lost. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"Ahead of this week's EU summit the attention is once again focused on the issue of the border and the absolute need to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. 

"But Brexit also poses a severe threat to our rights. It is clear that all sorts of rights such as access to a European Health Insurance Card, holiday pay for part-time workers, democratic rights and many others could be lost to people living in the north. 

"Any regression in our rights in this manner would go against the Good Friday Agreement, which all parties in these negotiations have pledged to protect.  

"The best way to secure the rights we currently have as EU citizens and ensure that we can continue to enjoy, access and exercise those rights post Brexit is through securing special status for the north within the EU. 

"At this week's summit we need to see the Taoiseach and the Irish government standing up for the rights of the people of the north and making good on the commitment that citizens in the north will never again be left behind." 

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