Sinn Féin Waterside representative Sharon McLaughlin has said Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement and the rights of citizens in the north must be protected.
“Brexit will be catastrophic for the people of the north and the island of Ireland as a whole.
“It is quite clear the British parliament does not care about the impact of Brexit on the north, its people, economy, businesses or agreements.
“Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement.
“One of the core legal components of the Good Friday Agreement is the birth right provision which enables citizens in the north the right to identify and be accepted as Irish, British or both and as such they should be allowed to assert their full rights EU citizens.
“We must ensure Ireland’s interests and the rights of citizens in the North are fully protected at this crucial time, including the right to elect representatives to the European Parliament.
“As joint-guarantors of all aspects of the Good Friday Agreement including its nationality clause, the Irish and British governments have a responsibility to defend it and to ensure its protection, to protect the peace process, the all-Ireland economy and to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland.
“Sinn Féin has been clear, the EU has been clear, and the Irish government has been clear, the backstop is the insurance policy for the people of Ireland, it is the bare minimum and it must be maintained.”