Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said issues around Ireland, the border and citizens rights and protecting the Good Friday Agreement must be resolved before the Brexit negotiations can move to the next phase. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“Today my party colleague John O’Dowd and I addressed MEPs from across Europe in the European Parliament on the current Brexit negotiations. 

“The negotiations are entering a critical phase in the coming weeks ahead of the European Council meeting in December which will determine whether the talks will move on. 

“The important issues around Ireland, citizens rights, the border and protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts have still not been addressed. 

“We have not seen anything from the British government that would suggest that they are serious about protecting the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts. 

“Theresa May and her allies may think that they can simply throw money at the EU and make these issues go away but they can’t. Our rights cannot be bought. 

“These issues must be resolved before the negotiations can move on and the Irish government must stand firm and act to protect Irish citizens and the Good Friday Agreement by using its veto.”