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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council (debate)

  Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL). – Mr President, Prime Minister Rinne, Britain could crash out of the EU under the Finnish Presidency. Both Hunt and Johnson are saying that the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement must be removed. Not modified! Not adjusted! But removed! They are heading towards the cliff with both feet firmly on the accelerator.

Many in the North of Ireland look on in horror. We do not want to crash out, or to be dragged out, of the EU. We voted to remain.

Prime Minister Rinne, there is a solution. The EU is committed to upholding the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts, and that includes the democratic right provided for in the Good Friday Agreement to a referendum on Irish unity. In 2017, the European Council stated that if a democratic process leads to the reunification of Ireland, the North of Ireland will remain, of course, in the EU. Therefore, this Presidency of the Council needs to acknowledge this legitimate pathway for all of Ireland to stay in the EU.

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