Mary Lou McDonald TD describes report from North-South Human Rights Committee as “an important contribution to Brexit debate”

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described a report form the North-South Joint Committee on Human Rights as “an important contribution to the Brexit debate.”

Speaking from Washington DC this morning, Deputy McDonald said;

“Essentially the report recognises the need for special arrangements for the North post-Brexit.

“It addresses the threat posed to the Good Friday Agreement following Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.This danger has been amplified by the dismissive political approach taken by the British government to Irish concerns.

“The prospect of the Agreement being breached is very real and Sinn Féin has consistently highlighted the need for the rights of citizens in the North to be fully protected in any final withdrawal agreement.

“The Good Friday agreement will not be put through the shredder because little Englanders are demanding Brexit at any cost.

“We cannot and will not allow The Good Friday Agreement to be toyed with by Brexiteers who had their entire debate without once considering the consequences for Ireland.

“The report also recognises the injustice created by the Tories refusal to recognise the democratic decision of the people of the North to remain part of the European Union and the negative impact that this has of citizenship rights.

“North-South equivalence of rights, equality of citizenship, and the protection of EU human rights legislation, guaranteed by the Good Friday Agreement, cannot be dismantled to suit the Tory agenda. Those who wish to access their rights as EU citizens in the North must be able to do so.

“This report is an important contribution to the Brexit debate. It shines the bright spotlight of legal expertise on the real and present danger to the Good Friday Agreement and makes clear why it must be defended at every turn.”