Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said it is vital that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in full during the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
Martina Anderson said:
“The Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament has established a steering group on this and I am the representative on the body for the GUE/NGL group of 52 MEPs to which Sinn Féin belongs.
“The group is chaired by Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s chief negotiator on Brexit and includes representatives of all the major groups in the European Parliament.
“We have been working to inform the guidelines for the Brexit negotiations which will be adopted at a Special European Council meeting on Saturday.
“I have been focused, in particular, on making the other members of the steering group aware of the unique position of the north, the fact that the majority of people voted to remain in the EU, and the disastrous impact Brexit would have on the island of Ireland.
“The European Parliament has already passed a joint resolution which calls for no hardening of the border, recognises the unique situation of the north and, crucially, calls for the protection of the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts.
“Through the Conference of Presidents steering group I have been building support for the Good Friday Agreement, particularly in the face of the attempts to dismantle and undermine the Agreement by the British government and DUP, as well as garnering support for Sinn Féin’s case for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.
“The European Council now needs to recognise the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement.”