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Tory Brexit agenda incompatible with Good Friday Agreement, MEP tells EU chiefs

● Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson pictured with the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier, in the European Parliament in Strasbourg

The Sinn Féin MEP made it clear to the key Brexit figures that the best alternative to Brexit is for the North to have ‘Designated Special Status Within the EU’

THE TORY BREXIT AGENDA is entirely incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has told the key EU figures involved in the Brexit negotiations.

In the last 24 hours the Sinn Féin MEP has engaged directly with the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker; President of the European Council, Donald Tusk; and the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier.

Martina Anderson also met with the European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, in Strasbourg this week alongside Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and party leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill MLA.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said she made it clear to the EU leaders that the Tory Brexit agenda is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement.

“The European Council Guidelines on Brexit gave support to the Good Friday Agreement ‘in all its parts’.

Brexit EU Designated Status cover

“This is a commitment by the EU to not allow for any hardening of the border between the North of Ireland and the South of Ireland.

“As Irish republicans we do not want to see any border on the island of Ireland and we have put forward a credible alternative to Brexit which would see the North securing ‘Designated Special Status Within the EU’.

“The guidelines are also a commitment not to allow Irish citizens to be dragged out of the EU against our will,” she said.

The Sinn Féin MEP also made it clear to the key Brexit figures that the best alternative to Brexit is for the North to have ‘Designated Special Status Within the EU’.

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