Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has written to the newly elected President of the European Parliament.
The Ireland South MEP called on Italy’s Antonio Tajani to meet with her and a Sinn Féin delegation to discuss a number of European issues that will have a particular impact on Ireland.
“I have written to Mr Tajani requesting a meeting to discuss a number of pressing Irish matters, not least of which will be the hugely detrimental effect Brexit will have on Ireland.” she said.
“I will be making it clear to him that the people of the north did not vote for Brexit but will be the worst affected by it.
I will be making the case for special status for the north that will protect the democratically expressed wishes of the people there and protect all of Ireland from the hugely damaging effects of a hard border, an outcome that is looking more and more likely every time Theresa May speaks on the issue.
“I feel it is crucial that he is also made aware of the struggling fishing industry in Ireland. There are a huge number of issues there that must be addressed by Europe as a matter of urgency including the unnecessary complexities of the CFP, the lack of regulation on environment and industry destroying super trawlers and issues of shared waters with Britain that will arise as the Brexit negotiations take place.”