All-Ireland bodies must be protected – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said all-Ireland institutions and bodies must be protected from the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The comments from the EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier that substantial work is needed on cross-border bodies in the Brexit negotiations highlights the need for them to be protected. 

“The all-Ireland institutions were created as part of the Good Friday Agreement – an internationally binding document – and must be protected along with the rest of the Agreement. 

“The Tory Brexit agenda cannot be allowed to ride roughshod over the Good Friday Agreement. 

“The Irish government, as a co-guarantor of that Agreement, also need to make it clear in the negotiations that the Good Friday Agreement and the all-Ireland bodies it created are not negotiable. 

“The best way to protect the all-Ireland bodies and the other rights the Good Friday Agreement guarantees is for the north to secure special status within the EU.”