Anderson welcomes commitment from Barnier over GFA

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a personal commitment from the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, that he will ensure the Good Friday Agreement is protected in the Brexit negotiations. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“I had sent Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, a copy of our ‘Special Status within the EU – Essential Principles concerning the border in Ireland and the status of the north of Ireland’ document to emphasise how important it is to protect the Good Friday Agreement during the Brexit negotiations. 

“It is vitally important that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all its parts in line with the joint resolution of the European Parliament. 

“Michel Barnier has now responded and said he is ‘personally committed to make every effort to ensure that nothing in the withdrawal agreement undermines the Good Friday Agreement.’ 

“That commitment is welcome and underscores the EU’s determination to protect the Good Friday Agreement. 

“However the fact that Michel Barnier has previously pointed out that more work is needed to protect north-south bodies sows that Britain does not share this determination. 

“Securing designated special status for the north within the EU would not only protect the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts but it would also protect the rights of Irish citizens.”