Le Lézard
Classified in: Business
Subjects: FOR, TRD

Canada must protect Good Friday Agreement in any trade deal with Britain

TORONTO, ON, Nov. 24, 2020 /CNW/ - Canada must make sure that it holds Britain accountable for upholding and respecting the Good Friday Agreement before ratifying a new trade deal between the two countries, said Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Féin party president.

The Sinn Féin leader made the comments following news that the Canadian federal government has come to a transitional trade agreement with Boris Johnson as Britain pursues its Brexit strategy. A comprehensive and permanent Canada/UK trade deal remains to be finalized.

Speaking on the issue, Mary Lou McDonald said:

"The people of the North of Ireland voted against Brexit, recognizing its threat to progress and stability. But the British government has ignored the democratic will of these voters and moved to impose Brexit, undermine the Good Friday Agreement, and threaten the return of a hard border across Ireland

"At the beginning of this year, the EU and Britain signed and incorporated into law the "Withdrawal Agreement" to protect our peace agreements and prevent a hard border. The same British Government has now announced that it will no longer observe this agreement or international law. 

"In a sign of unprecedented solidarity, the 27 EU member states and the U.S. Congress have made clear declarations: there will be no trade agreement if the British government continues with their course of action.

"Last year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recognized the importance of protecting the Good Friday Agreement and recalled Canada's role in achieving peace in Ireland.

"Now, we are asking the Canadian federal government to follow through on this support by making any Canada/UK trade agreement conditional on Britain respecting the Good Friday Agreement and ensuring that its actions do not result in a hard border on the island of Ireland."

SOURCE Friends of Sinn Fein (Canada) Inc.

These press releases may also interest you

21 jun 2024
Kahn Swick & Foti, LLC ("KSF") and KSF partner, former Attorney General of Louisiana, Charles C. Foti, Jr., remind investors that they have until August 5, 2024 to file lead plaintiff applications in a securities class action lawsuit against The...

21 jun 2024
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the passing of James K. Irving: "It is with sadness that I learned today of the passing of James K. Irving, a successful Canadian business leader and entrepreneur. "A proud...

21 jun 2024
TSX VENTURE COMPANIES NEX COMPANY BULLETIN V2024-1898 CHINA KELI ELECTRIC COMPANY LTD. ("ZKL.H")BULLETIN TYPE:  Reinstated for TradingBULLETIN DATE:  June 21, 2024NEX Company Further to the TSX Venture Exchange Bulletin dated January 9, 2023, the...

21 jun 2024
B2Gold Corp. ("B2Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the voting results from its Annual General and Special Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") held on Thursday, June 20, 2024. A total of 845,972,994 common shares were voted at the...

21 jun 2024
Global X Investments Canada Inc. ("Global X") is pleased to announce the distribution amounts per security (the "Distributions") for its exchange traded funds (the "ETFs"), for the period ending June 30, 2024, as indicated in the tables below. The...

21 jun 2024
The Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Persons with Disabilities, the Honorable Kamal Khera, and the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, the Honorable Marci Ien, will be in Mississauga to announce investments in mental health support...

News published on and distributed by: