O'Neill praises unequivocal US support for Good Friday Agreement
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA attended the ceremony to confer an Honorary Degree on Congressman Richard Neal at Ulster University, Magee today.
Speaking from Derry city she said:
“It is very significant that the US House of Congressional Delegation is visiting Ireland this week to see and hear at first hand the impact Brexit uncertainty is already having on our people, businesses and peace.
“US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has again stated strongly and unequivocally her support for the Good Friday Agreement and for the protection of Irish interests in the face of Brexit.
“I welcome the strength of support from the Congressional delegation, including Chairman of the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Richie Neal who we are honouring today in Derry.
“He and 22 other members of Congress recently wrote to British prime minister Theresa May calling on her government to honour the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.
“I welcome his clear support and that of the delegation who have warned that any future free-trade agreement between the US and Britain is not on the cards if there was a return to a hard border on our island.“Successive US administrations provided critical support to aid our peace process and in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement twenty one years ago.
“Those who seek to undermine our agreements, our peace and our rights would do well to take on board what the visiting Congressional delegation have so clearly stated during their time in Ireland this week.”