Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels today to discuss concerns about the Brexit negotiations, the campaign for special status and the influence of the DUP over British government policy. 

Speaking after the meeting, Martina Anderson said: 

“I met today with the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, and presented him with a copy of the independent legal opinion compiled by Doughty Street Chambers which states that there is no legal impediment to the north securing special status within the EU. 

“We also discussed what we would consider sufficient progress and what matters need to be adequately addressed for the Brexit negotiations to move to the next stage. That includes the need for the Good Friday Agreement to be respected, the maintenance of regulatory standards and conformity with EU law, to ensure no regression of rights and to remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice. 

“I expressed my concern that the EU needs to retain its focus on Ireland and ensure that our concerns and issues around citizens rights need to be resolved for sufficient progress to have been made. 

“We also discussed concerns that the British government position is being influenced and directed by the DUP, who have never been supporters of the Good Friday Agreement.

“I will also be meeting with Michel Barnier in the European Parliament later to discuss our concerns on the need for the issues around Ireland, the border and citizens rights to be addressed before the Brexit negotiations can progress.” Ends/Críoch