Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has written to the heads of the European institutions requesting an urgent meeting to discuss the result of last week’s EU referendum.
Ms Anderson said;
“The result of last week’s referendum will have huge implications for the future of the peace process, the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, and the ongoing stability and welfare of communities across the north of Ireland.
“The people of the north of Ireland voted clearly and definitively to remain within the European Union.
“The British government does not have any mandate to represent the interests of the people of the north in regard of the European Union.
“There is now a democratic imperative to respect the vote to remain in the European Union from the north of Ireland.
“I have written to the heads of the European Institutions seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the options available to ensure the democratically expressed will of people in the north of Ireland is respected in coming negotiations.
“The north of Ireland should be enabled to maintain its membership of the European Union either in the context of a united Ireland or by special arrangement.” Ends/Críoch