Irish government need to build on European support for north to have designated status within the EU – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called on the Taoiseach and the European Council to act on a joint resolution debated at the European Parliament calling for the north to be protected from Brexit. 

Speaking following a debate in the  European Parliament in Strasbourg on Brexit, Martina Anderson said: 

“It’s clear from this resolution that Ireland has friends in Europe.

“We feel now that the European Parliament is a partner to the people of the north of Ireland – and particularly those living in partitioned border areas.

“Martin McGuinness travelled to the European Parliament and met virtually all of the signatories to this resolution and asked; that you preserve the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, that there would be no hardening of the Irish border; and that the unique circumstances and special status of Ireland would be supported

“This is why we associate ourselves with this resolution.

“There is now an onus on the Taoiseach and the European Council to take heed of this, stand up for the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts and act in the best interests of Irish citizens. 

“It is clear we have support across Europe. Enda Kenny and the Irish government must now harness that support and stand up for Ireland and argue for designated status for the north within the EU.”