Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson today addressed the European Parliament outlining the reasons why Ireland, north and south, should remain within the EU.

Ms Anderson said,

“Vague promises on competitiveness and semantic victories on an ever closer union won’t satisfy the thirst of the Eurosceptic extreme. 

“The European Union is far from perfect. 

“It is too distant from citizens; it lumbers on with a staggering democratic deficit and drains power from where it should lie, with national parliaments.

“But the EU does offer fundamental protections in the fields of workers’, consumers and human rights. 

“It presents opportunities for progressive forces to unite. 

A member of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs, Ms Anderson continued,

“It has supported the Irish peace process and projects aimed at reducing the impact of the border through INTERREG and Peace funding with examples like the footbridge uniting Pettigo in Co.Donegal and Tullyhammon in Fermanagh. 

“Much needed structural and agricultural funds have made a huge, positive impact on my constituency and there are thousands of constituents with no faith in a British government replacing these funds post Brexit.  

“For these reasons, Sinn Féin will campaign vigorously against a Brexit. Ireland’s place, north and south, is in Europe.” ENDS