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Citizens should have final say on the terms of the final Brexit deal

Tuesday 14 March 2017

Green Party leader Steven Agnew has called for a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal after Parliament passed the Brexit Bill last night.

The Bill paved the way for negotiations to begin for the UK to exit the EU, but there is no clarity as to whether the eventual exit deal will be in the best interests of the UK.

 Steven Agnew MLA said:

 “The EU referendum of 2016 should have been the start of the democratic process not the end of it. People should have the opportunity to see what Brexit actually means and have the final say on the deal negotiated on their behalf.

 “Indeed, I am a joint plaintiff in the so called “Dublin case” which seeks clarity as to whether Article 50 can be revoked. The case is before the Irish courts at present with the aim of a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

“The Green Party has submitted an Assembly motion calling for this second referendum dealing with the Brexit deal in the wake of the passing of the bill.

 “Our Assembly and Executive are not representing the best interests of Northern Ireland while the stalemate between the traditional parties continues.

 “In submitting this Assembly motion, I’m sending a clear message that the Green Party wants to get on with the business of government and dealing with issues like Brexit.

 “The traditional parties need to get government back up and running, agree a budget and deal with what matters most to people, like how we protect Northern Ireland from the impending hardships of an exit from the European Union.”

ENDS

Media contact – Sinead McIvor

sinead.mcivor@party.niassembly.gov.uk

07701 302 498

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