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Ireland’s Brexit needs support in European Parliament – Harkin

“The European Parliament has clearly signalled its commitment to preserving the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, ensuring the continuity and stability of the Northern Ireland peace process and the avoidance of the re-establishment of a hard border in Ireland.”

This was stated by Sligo-based Independent MEP Marian Harkin following a debate and a vote on Brexit in the European Parliament.

Last week the Government was rightly praised for its efforts in ensuring the prominence of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the draft proposal from the European Council, she said. “However, the statements from the European Parliament on Ireland are much stronger and clearly indicate the efforts and the commitment of all the Irish MEPs to help secure a more positive outcome for Ireland on Brexit”, she maintained.

“The Parliament’s document which was supported by the overwhelming majority of MEPs recognised the unique position and the special circumstances confronting the island of Ireland in the upcoming Brexit negotiations”, she said. 

She stressed that Ireland was mentioned four times in the document as was Northern Ireland.

Marian Harkin concluded: “Over the past few months I have met with the chief EU negotiator Mr Barnier along with other Irish MEPs and also met with Guy Verhofstad who is the Chief Parliament negotiator on Brexit. My concerns have been taken on board in the Parliament’s Breixit resolution and this is certainly a positive start to the negotiations from Ireland’s perspective”.