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Irish government should be preparing for a referendum on Irish unity - Anderson

24 January, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the Irish government should be preparing for a referendum on Irish unity as part of its preparations for a no-deal Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"I met today with officials from the Office of the Taoiseach and the Department for Foreign Affairs with my Brexit advisor, Conor Heaney, to discuss the Irish government's preparations for Brexit, particularly a no-deal Brexit. 

"The officials told us they are putting plans in place for a range of post-Brexit options but what was clearly lacking was any mention of planning for a referendum on Irish unity. 

"As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement the Irish government has a responsibility to protect the all-Ireland structures it created and ensure the agreement is protected in full from Brexit. 

"While of course the Irish government has a duty to prepare for Brexit, it also has a duty to its citizens - all Irish citizens, north and south - and to protect their rights as well as protecting the all-Ireland economy. 

"The best way to do that is to begin preparations for a referendum on Irish unity." 

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