Tories must realise that rights can’t be cast aside – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the British government need to realise that the Good Friday Agreement cannot be cast aside during the Brexit negotiations. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“The comments today from the European Commission’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, following his meetings with the British Brexit minister, David Davis, that more work needs to be done on protecting the Good Friday Agreement. 

“The British government has to date  failed to fulfil its commitments under the Good Friday Agreement and has attempted to undermine it. 

“Now, David Davis, Theresa May and the rest of the Tory cabinet need to realise that they cannot case the Good Friday Agreement, and the cross-border bodies and the rights it guarantees aside during these negotiations. 

“The key players in EU are proud of the Good Friday Agreement and are adamant that it must be protected and today’s remarks from Michel Barnier are welcome. 

“The Tories have to face the fact that they cannot continue with their heads in the sand. They have to listen to the EU, to the Irish government, and the democratic will of the people of the north. 

“In order to protect the Good Friday Agreement and the rights its guarantees for citizens we need to secure special status for the north within the EU. The sooner the Tories realise that the better.”