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Anderson to launch Irish unity report in Brussels

9 October, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will launch an independent legal report on Irish reunification in the European Parliament in Brussels this evening. 

Speaking ahead of the launch of ‘The EU and Irish Unity: Planning and Preparing for Constitutional Change in Ireland,’ Martina Anderson said: 

“This report, commissioned by GUE/NGL and authored by human rights law professor Colin Harvey and barrister Marc Bassett, sets out the pathway to Irish unity contained in the Good Friday Agreement and what the EU can do to support and secure it. 

“I will be joined in Brussels for the launch by Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill and the Sinn Féin MP team, as well as representatives of sectors who will be impacted by the disastrous Tory Brexit. 

“The debate on Irish unity has already begun  across Ireland and this report is a timely and informative contribution to that debate, examining all aspects of Irish unity and the role of the EU. 

“In their report, human rights professor Colin Harvey and barrister Marc Bassett clearly state there is no legal or constitutional barrier to the EU actively promoting Irish unity. 

“It also sets out five steps the EU and Irish government can take to advance the debate on unity and, ultimately, creating a new Ireland within the EU.”

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