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Essential that Good Friday Agreement is protected - Anderson

8 October, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said it is essential the Good Friday Agreement is protected in the face of the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Speaking from London, Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with Hilary Benn, the chair of the British Parliament's Committee for Exiting the EU and also with members of the House of Lords select committee on Brexit. 

"At both meetings I made it clear that it is vital the Good Friday Agreement is not undermined as a result of Brexit. 

"This is a message that needs to be heard, particularly as the Tories clearly don't give a damn about the Good Friday Agreement or the peace process. 

“It is all the more timely as a new opinion poll alarmingly showed that 75 per cent of Tories would be willing to collapse the peace process to secure the warped Brexit they are seeking. 

"I made it abundantly clear to them that the people of Ireland, north and south, will not tolerate that and the British government, as a co-guarantor of the Agreement has a duty to protect and uphold it. 

"With a Tory government in hock to the DUP who have never supported the Good Friday Agreement and the looming impact of Brexit, it is essential this international agreement is maintained. 

"I urged them to pull back from any course of action which would undermine or threaten the Good Friday Agreement. 

"The Irish government too have a responsibility to ensure the agreement is protected and that the rights it guarantees are not lost to Brexit.” 

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