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.”