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Press releases by Martina Anderson MEP.

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said Brexit puts the future of the tourism industry in the north at risk. 
 
Speaking after meeting with members of Tourism NI to discuss the impact of Brexit, Martina Anderson said: 
 
“I met with representatives of the tourism industry to discuss the impact of Brexit on the sector and it is clear there is widespread concern about the future. 
 
“Tourists from around the world view Ireland as a single entity and the imposition of an EU border on the island of Ireland would have a huge impact on our ability to attract tourists to the north. 
 
“The main growth markets for visitors to Ireland are the south, the EU and the US and Brexit could put that at risk if it is more difficult to travel throughout the island. 
 
“There is also a concern that one of our key tourist attractions, our natural environment, could be at risk as a result of changes in environmental protection legislation. 
 
“Any changes to freedom of movement of people could also have a far-reaching consequences for the hospitality sector. 
 
“Tourism is yet another area where the Tory Brexit agenda will have a hugely negative impact on our economy and is being ignored by the British government. 
 
“Tourism Ireland is an implementation body established under the Good Friday Agreement. The British government has failed to safeguard or address its continued status and operation post-Brexit. 
 
“We need to secure designated special status for the north within the EU and we need to see the Irish government making that a demand in the negotiations.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda will have devastating consequences for the health service north and south. 

Speaking at an event in Derry looking at the impact of Brexit on all-island health care alongside Louise O’Reilly TD, Martina Anderson said: 

“In recent years we have been moving towards shared services across the island and this had led to improved outcome but that could be jeopardised by Brexit. 

“Initiatives such as the North West Cancer centre and children’s cardiac services show what can be achieved by increased co-operation across the island. 

“All Ireland co-operation on health is explicitly mentioned in the Good Friday Agreement and it has delivered for patients. 

“Brexit is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement commitments and has the potential to undermine the advances in all Ireland Health care.
 
“The British government has so far failed to detail how they will secure the all Ireland co-operation that is central to the Agreement and central to the treatment of patients.

 

“Any restrictions to the movement of people will impact on health care staff and we are already seeing that with the uncertainty over residency and ability to secure permanent contracts as a result of Brexit. 

“There are also serious implications for cancer care with possible restrictions on the movement of radioactive isotopes used for cancer services. 

“We can avoid all of this by securing designated special status for the north within the EU.” 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has paid tribute to international aid workers on World Humanitarian Day. 

Martina Anderson said:

“Every year on World Humanitarian Day, we shine a spotlight on the millions of civilians around the world whose lives have been caught up in conflict. 

“On this day I want to pay particular tribute to the brave health and aid workers for their efforts in conflict zones around the world. 

“Often these aid workers are targeted or obstructed as they work to help people in need. 

“I also want to commend the the government employees, members of civil society and representatives of international organisations and agencies who risk their lives to provide humanitarian aid and protection. 

“Those who carry out vital and lifesaving humanitarian work should not be targets; they are humanitarian heroes.”

 
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda is an attack on the human rights of the people of the north. 
 
Martina Anderson said: 
 
“I met this week with the Equality Commission, Human Rights Commission and Human Rights Consortium to discuss the impact of Brexit on human rights. 
 
“It is clear that Brexit will impact all aspects of life here but particularly issues around human rights and equality. It will have wide ranging implications for many of the basic rights that we take for granted. 
 
“There is no doubt that the Tory Brexit agenda is an attack on our human rights. 
 
“The fact that the proposals published this week by the British government on dealing with Brexit and the north is totally silent on the human rights, particularly the European Convention on Human Rights, and continued access the courts over breaches to human rights legislation is very concerning. 
 
“The Tories talk about being committed to the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts but appear to have ignored their human rights obligations under the agreement.  
 
“The entirety of the Good Friday Agreement, including the human rights it safeguards, must be protected in the Brexit negotiations. 
 
“The best way to protect our rights is for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said farmers and food producers are becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of direction from the Tories on Brexit. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“I met today with representatives of the Ulster Farmers Union and members of the NI Food and Drink Association to discuss the impact of Brexit. 

“It is clear that famers and those in agriculture are concerned about Brexit and the lack on any sense of a plan coming from the Tories on what will happen to the industry afterwards. 

“This uncertainty, particularly around the future of the Customs Union, is worrying many farmers and food and drink producers. 

“And the information coming from the Tories is doing little to allay those fears. 

“The best way to protect our agriculture and food and drink production sectors is to retain our membership of the Customs Union through securing designated special status for the north within the EU.” 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean. 

 Martina Anderson said: 

“Untold numbers of men, women and children have died as they try to cross the Mediterranean fleeing war and persecution in their home countries. 

“Rescue agencies and others have carried out tremendous work in order to save the lives of refugees who attempt to make the crossing but now their efforts are being jeopardised by an increasingly militarised approach adopted by the Libyan coast guard. 

“Just this week, Doctors Without Border has suspended its rescue operations in the region after aggression from the Libyan Coast Guard. 

“What we need to see is a humanitarian approach rather than a militaristic one in order to prevent further loss of life. 

“The EU and others need to focus on saving lives and reject any increased militarisation in the Mediterranean.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said north-south co-operation is an integral part of the Good Friday Agreement and cannot be sacrificed as a result of Brexit.

Speaking at a Brexit discussion event during the Gasyard Féile, Martina Anderson said: 

“North-south co-operation is central to the Good Friday Agreement, an internationally binding agreement endorsed by the overwhelming majority of the people of Ireland. 

“The suggestion from the British Brexit secretary David Davis in a letter to the House of Lords that north-south economic co-operation should be separated from the Good Friday Agreement for the Brexit talks is unacceptable. 

“North-south co-operation is integral to the Agreement and cannot be separated from it. 

“It is clear that the British government regard the north of Ireland as merely a pawn in their Brexit negotiations and are in fact playing with the lives of the people north and south. 

“The Good Friday Agreement cannot be case aside by the Tories in these negotiations; it must be protected in all of its parts and the best way to do that is for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will speak at an event in St Mary’s tonight about the Basque peace process as part of Féile an Phobail. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“I was honoured to be asked to take part in a discussion as part of this year’s Féile and Phobail programme alongside my friend and fellow MEP Josu Jurasti. 

“The discussion will look at the recent developments in the Basque peace process, as well as what lessons can be learned from our own peace process here in Ireland. 

“It is important that we share our experiences internationally so that we can assist other people around the world who are involved in peace processes or struggling for justice and rights. 

“Events like this highlight the importance and value of our international solidarity work. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to support the Basque people in the peace process and their campaign for an independent homeland.”