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McCallion challenges Bradley on Good Friday Agreement reports

21 January, 2019 - by Elisha McCallion


Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion challenged British Secretary of State Karen Bradley on reports the Tories were planning to rewrite the Good Friday Agreement. 

The Foyle MP said: 

"I spoke today with British secretary of state Karen Bradley to discuss recent events in Derry and Brexit. 

"I made it clear the united voice coming from this city condemning Saturday night's bomb attack and our opposition to the continuing activities of these tiny, unrepresentative groups, including today's security alert in Creggan. 

"During the course of the discussion I also expressed my concern at reports the British government was attempting to rewrite to Good Friday Agreement in an attempt to placate hard Brexiteers and the Good Friday Agreement. 

“The Good Friday Agreement is an internationally binding agreement and there can be no unilateral reworking of it. 

"In particular, I told her of the catastrophic impact Brexit would have on areas on the border like Derry. I reminded her that a deal has already been agreed between the British government and the EU and the backstop it contains must be maintained. 

"We also discussed a City Deal for Derry which I reminded her is vital to the economic regeneration of the north west as part of a wider strategic growth plan. 

"I will continue to engage with Karen Bradley and others to ensure the interests of Ireland are protected." 

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