Anderson meets Verhofstadt in Belfast over special status

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson met today with the European Parliament’s Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt to discuss special status for the North within the EU. 

Speaking after meeting with Guy Verhofstadt, who is on a two-day visit to Ireland to see at first hand the impact of Brexit, Martina Anderson said: 

“I met today with the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt in Belfast along with Sinn Féin leader in the north, Michelle O’Neill, and my party colleagues David Cullinane TD, John O’Dowd MLA and Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile. 

“From my regular meetings with Guy Verhofstadt he is well aware of our concerns over Brexit and the disastrous impact it would have on Ireland. 

“We told him that we could not withstand any any exclusion from the single market and customs union, allow the return of borders of the past or deny citizens access to the European Courts of Justice.

“We need to see new thinking instead of the confused and unworkable proposals coming from the Tories who regard Ireland who have no regard to Ireland when it comes to their Brexit agenda. 

“We welcome this opportunity to engage with Guy Verhofstadt in Ireland and will continue to engage with people across the EU to build further support for our case for the north to have special status within the EU.”