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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said people here may not be able to avail of new measures to be introduced to ban surcharges on debit and credit cards after Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said; 

“Plans announced today to ban surcharges on credit and debit cards will no doubt be welcomed by consumers. 

“This will be brought in from January next year in line with a European Union directive. 

“While this will help consumers once it is introduced, particularly when it comes to making airline bookings online,  there is no certainty that it will be retained post-Brexit when the British government will no longer be bound by EU directives. 

“This is just one of the many uncertainties, like the future of roaming charges, that we are facing as a result of the directionless Tory Brexit agenda. 

“That reality is now being widely recognised, including by one of the authors of Article 50, Lord Kerr, who has now warned of the ‘disastrous consequences’ of Brexit. 

“In order to avoid this uncertainty we need to secure designated special status for the north within the EU. We have been securing support for that across Europe and we need to see the Irish government making it a priority in the current Brexit negotiations.” 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has the impact of the Tory Brexit agenda will limit opportunities for young people. 

Speaking to a youth council event at Queens University, Belfast, Martina Anderson said: 

“Over the course of the last year young people have become more passionate about and more involved in politics. 

“Brexit is undoubtedly one of the issues that has grabbed the attention of young people because it is their future that is being sold short by the Tories and it is they who will bear the brunt of this disastrous plan. 

“Young people are already facing huge challenges as a result of the austerity policies of the Tory government and now they are seeing their opportunities further limited by Brexit. 

“Study opportunities, employment options and travel choices will all be hit by the Tory Brexit agenda. 

“We want to see those opportunities protected and to create more opportunities within a changed, more democratic and accountable EU. 

“To retain these opportunities for young people we need to retain our EU membership through securing special designated status within the EU.” 

It is becoming increasingly obvious that Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement and the Irish Government must act to defend it, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

Commenting after Irish government Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney dismissed British claims that technology solutions could prevent a hard border, Ms. Anderson urged him to act on his words.

“In the current round of Brexit negotiations in Brussels it is crucially important that the rights of Irish citizens and the Good Friday Agreement are protected,” she commented.

“It is abundantly clear that the Tory Brexit agenda is incompatible in with the Good Friday Agreement. It isn’t just Sinn Féin saying this. The Irish Government are now saying it also.

“The Irish government, as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, must act to safeguard it and to secure the rights that it guarantees in the face of this blatant disregard from the Tories. 

“Theresa May’s government will not protect the Good Friday Agreement so it is up to the Irish government to do so. 

“In order to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the rights it guarantees, including the rights of EU citizens in the north, the Irish government must act in the national interest and make securing special status for the north within the EU its priority in these negotiations.”

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said health professionals are concerned about the impact Brexit will have on patient care and access to services. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“I met today with representatives of the British Medical Association to discuss their concerns over the impact of the Tory Brexit agenda. 

“Medical professionals are concerned that Brexit will create huge problems both for patient care and for staff. 

“They want to see increased all-Ireland co-operation on healthcare, not increased barriers or borders. 

“They are also very concerned that Brexit would reduce patient access to services and clinicians and that doctors and other health care staff will not be able to move freely or have their qualifications recognised across Europe. 

“These, along with the concerns of many other sectors, can best be addressed by securing designated special status for the north within the EU.” 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said it is clear the British government is in chaos over Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“As the latest cycle of Brexit negotiations begins this week, it is clear that the Tory cabinet is in total disarray over Brexit. 

“More than one year on from the referendum they still can’t agree on the key Breixt issues; a fact acknowledged by British Chancellor Philip Hammond. 

“They are lacking in effective leadership, cohesion and direction. 

“This round of negotiations, effectively the real start of the process, is focusing on rights and it is clear the Tories do not care about the rights of the people of the north of Ireland. 

“They continue to ignore the democratic will of the people of the north over Brexit and they have demonstrated a total lack of interest in our rights. 

“In order to protect our rights from the Tory Brexit agenda we need to secure designated special status for the North within the EU and we also need to see action from the Irish government on taking that forward.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Good Friday Agreement and rights of citizens must be protected from the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The Tory Brexit agenda would lead to the erosion of citizen’s rights. We cannot allow the rights guaranteed to citizens under the Good Friday Agreement to be undermined and we must ensure that it is protected in all its parts. 

“It guarantees the right for the people of the North to be Irish citizens, and as a result, EU citizens, and their rights must be protected. 

“I welcome the proposal from the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, who I met this week, for the people of the north to be allowed to vote for MEPs post Brexit. 

“The right to be directly represented and to participate in the democratic process is a fundamental right and Britain cannot be allowed to take that away from the people of the north. 

“To date any proposal from the British government on protecting the rights of citizens have been underwhelming to say the least. 

“Securing designated special status for the north within the EU is the best way to protect citizen’s rights from the Tory Brexit agenda and we are building support for that across Europe.” 

 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has today met with the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt to discuss Brexit.

Martina Anderson said:

“I met today with the European Parliament’s Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt in Brussels today to discuss the impact of Brexit on Ireland.

“This is the latest in a series of regular engagements I have with Guy Verhofstadt to ensure he is aware of the need for issues around the north of Ireland and Brexit are included in the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

“We discussed the border and the need for the rights of citizens in the north of Ireland to be protected, including the need for the European Court of Justice to be able to enforce those rights in compliance with EU standards. 

“We also discussed issues around ensuring that those entitled to EU citizenship in the north as a result of the Good Friday Agreement have a voice in the EU institutions. 

“I was also pleased that Guy Verhofstadt confirmed he will visit Ireland in September to see the impact the Tory Brexit agenda will have at first hand and meet the Border Communities Against Brexit campaign group. 

“We also discussed the need for the north to secure designated special status within the EU and we are continuing to build support for that case across Europe.” 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met today with the chief executives of Derry and Strabane District Council and Donegal County Council in Brussels to discuss Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“There is no doubt that the Tory Brexit agenda is disastrous for Ireland and that its impact will be particularly felt in border areas. 

“Today in Brussels I met with the Chief Executives of Derry and Strabane District Council and Donegal Council Council, John Kelpie and Seamus Neely, to discuss the impact of Brexit. 

“There is clear concern over Brexit, particularly in areas such as Derry and Donegal. 

“I updated the chief executives on the work of the Sinn Féin team in Europe in highlighting the impact of Brexit on Ireland and on building support for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.

“We will continue to engage with the chief executives of both councils as we continue to work to secure special status within the EU for the north.”