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Press releases by Martina Anderson MEP.

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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed confirmation from the Irish Government that it is seeking special status for the North of Ireland in the Brexit negotiations.
 
Ms. Anderson was speaking after Dublin’s Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney said the Irish Government is demanding ‘special status’ for the North after Brexit. The Minister also dismissed ‘language coming from London’ in recent days that technology alone could bypass the need for border posts.
 
Martina Anderson said:
 
“It is a very welcome development that the Dublin Government is now coming onto the ground of special status as the only way to prevent a hard border in Ireland in the event of Brexit.
 
“Special status within the European Union would also give effect to the democratic wishes of the majority in the North who voted to remain so Dublin should join us in making that case.
 
“Sinn Féin has been lobbying every EU member state on the need for special status and there is a great deal of empathy with our position. If the Dublin Government is now also coming on board it will greatly strengthen our case, particularly in the face of Britain’s increasingly chaotic Brexit agenda.”
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Sinn Féin MEP has said it is clear the wheels are starting to come off the British government’s Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“Remarks made by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney at the Mansion House in London reveal what we have known all along, that Brexit is bad for the economy. 

“Mark Carney told the assembled crowd of bankers and merchants, and the British Chancellor, that there is ‘weaker real income growth’ as a result of Brexit. 

“It is clear that the uncertainty over the disastrous Tory Brexit agenda is having a negative impact on markets, deterring investors and putting jobs in jeopardy. 

“Sinn Féin have brought forward a credible alternative to Brexit with our case for the north to have designated special status within the EU and we have been building support for that across Ireland and across Europe. 

“We now need to see the Irish government demanding special designated status for the north within the EU in the current Brexit negotiations.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the international community must take action to tackle the growing refugee crisis. 

Speaking today on World Refugee Day, Martina Anderson said: 

“This year more than ever we need the international community to take real action to solve the growing refugee and humanitarian crisis.

“Every minute, 24 people are displaced by war, persecution and terror. The United Nations Agency for Refugees estimates that there are over 22 million refugees worldwide. There are a further 40 million people internally displaced in their own countries.

“Last year, over 75,000 unaccompanied or separated children sought asylum as refugees. This record of shame is not just statistics; they are people.

“We cannot stand idly by and just let this humanitarian crisis unfold before our eyes. The Irish people share a common history with those escaping conflict and hunger.

“Today, on World Refugee Day, I am calling on the Irish government and the governments of Europe to do more.

“They must safely relocate and resettle more refugees, end Direct Provision, and invest in sufficient housing and public services for everyone.

“The international community must also do more to stop the conflicts, and protect those who come desperately seeking shelter from persecution.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a series of hearings on the impact of Brexit will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels this week. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“This week, as the formal Brexit negotiations begin, a series of hearings will be taking place in the European Parliament to look at the impact of Brexit. 

“There is widespread concern about the Tory Brexit agenda and the total lack of direction coming from the British government about its approach. 

“The hearings will look at various implications of Brexit, including the constitutional challenges and implications, the impact on fisheries, culture and many other aspects of Brexit. 

“They will be addressed by a range of experts and I and other members of the Sinn Féin European Parliament team will be in attendance to make sure the views of people in Ireland are heard. 

“Given the disastrous impact Brexit will have on the island of Ireland, it is more important than ever now that the formal Brexit negotiation process has started that we secure designated special status for the North within the EU and that the Irish government joins in the efforts to secure that.”

  

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson addressed the first conference of EH Bildu in Bilbao today and stressed the importance of building a broad-based party with strong links to local communities.  

Speaking in Bilbao, Martina Anderson said: 

“I was honoured to address the first EH Bildu conference alongside international representatives from Colombia, Kurdistan, Catalonia, Aragón and the Canaries. 

“It is great to see a stronger, more united, vibrant left force in the Basque Country.

“It is a positive step forward in the fight against the neoliberal austerity agenda and for a left, democratic, and independent alternative.

“Building a strong party, based in the community, the people and social movements, is an important step towards fighting for freedom and justice.

“This is even more important in places like the Basque Country and Ireland, where we are both still struggling for national independence as well as social justice.

“I told the delegates that they can always rely on Sinn Fein to be a constant ally and friend to the Basque struggle and the Basque people.

“I hope that in the time ahead E H Bildu can seize the opportunity to represent and unite all the Basque people in a peaceful struggle for liberation, independence and social justice.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will attend the first EH Bildu conference in the Bilbao this weekend. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“Sinn Féin has long been a supporter of efforts to secure independence in the Basque county.

“This weekend I will attend the first conference of EH Bildu in Bilbao which will formally bring together the four constituent parties into a cohesive new movement. 

“This conference will give people the opportunity to shape what EH Bildu will look like in the future and its role. 

“The international community, and the EU in particular, have a role to play in supporting the Basque peace process.” 

 

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to ensure the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all its parts. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The Good Friday Agreement has never been under such serious threat as it is now with the potential axis between the Tories and the DUP. 

“As we approach the start of the Brexit negotiations, this is a matter of great concern. 

“The Agreement – an internationally binding agreement – states that the British government needs to act with rigorous impartiality, something it clearly hasn’t done to date and is now definitely casting aside with its prospective alliance with the DUP. 

“Sinn Féin wants to see the re-establishment of political institutions in the north based on equality and respect and is involved in negotiations to achieve that but it is clear that the British government is not, and never has been an honest broker. 

“It is clearly in breach of the Good Friday Agreement and I have now written to the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, expressing my concerns and calling on the EU to ensure the protection of the Good Friday Agreement. 

“I am calling on Michel Barnier to put in place a series of regular engagements with Sinn Féin so we can make sure that the Good Friday Agreement is protected in all its parts in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has voted in favour of prioritising funding for for climate chance research at the European Parliament. 

On Tuesday in Strasbourg, Martina Anderon backed a motion calling for funding for climate change research and climate change data infrastructure to be prioritised. 

This is particularly important in light of the growing speculation that the US is planning to cut funding for environmental research.