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Political will required to protect Good Friday Agreement from Brexit - Anderson

28 November, 2017 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said political will is required from all of those who have said they want to protect the Good Friday Agreement during the ongoing Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking following the publication of a report from the European Parliament's constitutional affairs committee on the impact of Brexit on the north, Martina Anderson said: 

"This report, which was authored by Professor David Phinnemore and Dr Katy Holland from Queen's University, Belfast, on the impact of Brexit on the north highlights the need to ensure the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all its parts. 

"It recognises that our membership of the EU was key to securing the Good Friday Agreement and that the Agreement must be protected, with no diminution of citizens rights. 

"Throughout this report it recognises the need for a unique or special solution for the north with its references to a 'differentiated approach' and 'differentiated treatment' for the north. 

"This shows that there is growing support for and acceptance of the need for the north to secure special status within the EU. 

"It also identifies that the there are solutions to the problems of Brexit but stresses that political will is required so it is up to everyone who wants to protect the Good Friday Agreement and citizens rights to work to secure special status for the north."

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