Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said Sinn Féin are continuing to build support for designated special status for the North within the EU.
The Sinn Féin MEP said:”The outcome of today’s vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg is disappointing. This amendment was not put forward by Sinn Féin.
“It is equally disappointing that both the DUP and Fine Gael MEPs voted against the democratically expressed will of the people of the north and Dáil Éireann.
“Sinn Féin is continuing to build support for the case for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.
“We have already ensured that the European Parliament is in agreement that the Good Friday Agreement should be protected in all its parts.
“Moreover, the European Council’s negotiation guidelines support the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement and recognise the unique circumstances on the island of Ireland and the need for flexible and imaginative solutions.
“We are engaging with hundreds of political representatives and officials from across Europe in order to gather further support for special status for the north within the EU and will continue to do so.” Ends/Críoch