Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has warned that taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will destroy the Good Friday agreement.
He claims that fundamental human rights which are part of the 1998 agreement could be undermined when the country leaves the EU. This claim has been denied by the top legal advisor to Stormont ministers, who has categorically stated that “not a word of the agreement” will be affected.
Mr Adams said at a conference in Dublin, “The British government’s intention to take the north out of the EU, despite the wish of the people there to remain, is a hostile action. Not just because of the implications of a hard border on this island but also because of its negative impact on the Good Friday agreement.”
“The British prime minister repeated her intention to bring an end to the jurisdiction of the European court. Along with her commitment to remove Britain from the European convention on human rights, this stand threatens to undermine the fundamental human rights elements of the Good Friday agreement.”
Mr Adams called for Northern Ireland to have special status and that the border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland had taken on a special status. He continued, “As the dire economic implications of Brexit take shape there is an opportunity to promote a new agreed Ireland.
“The dangers of a hard Brexit are now more obvious than before. The north needs a special designated status within the EU. The Irish government needs to adopt this as a strategic objective in its negotiations within the EU27 as they negotiate with the British prime minister.”
He also said there was no plan from Dublin ministers.
The Irish and British governments do not want to return to formal borders, and to maintain economic and trade agreements, and the peace process.
Northern Ireland voted to remain the EU by 56% to 44%.