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The principles of the Good Friday Agreement still crucial today - Murphy

26 September, 2018 - by Conor Murphy

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said the key principles of rights and equality in the Good Friday Agreement are still as important today as they were 20 years ago. 

Speaking at Sinn Féin’s event ‘Defending the Good Friday Agreement’ at the British Labour Conference, the Newry South Armagh MLA said:

“The Good Friday Agreement was based and agreed on the principles of equality, rights and parity of esteem. 

“One of the biggest events we have in the North is Pride – people marching in support of the LGBT community and in support of the right to equal marriage. 

“We also have had massive marches for rights by Irish language activists, women’s right activists and legacy inquest activists. 

“It is abundantly clear that rights are top of the agenda for the people of the North.

“However, the biggest threat to the protection of rights in the North is Brexit.  The hard line Brexiteers see the Good Friday Agreement as a threat to Brexit. In reality, Brexit is a threat to the Good Friday Agreement.”

Conor Murphy added:

“There have been calls for a second referendum in recent days. Sinn Féin is clear - the people of the North have already voted to remain within the European Union and this should be respected by the British government. 

“We do not see any need for a second referendum because the people of the North, on a cross-community basis, have rejected Brexit because it is a threat to our island, to our economy and to the Good Friday Agreement. 

"If a Second Referendum is to occur, Sinn Féin would clearly campaign again for a Remain vote if such a referendum was to be held now or in the future."

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