Diane Dodds MEP Non-attached Member of the European Parliament
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Preparation of the post-electoral revision of the MFF 2014-2020
06-07-16
Madam President, last week in the Brussels Chamber, we saw grandstanding by Sinn Fein in response to the democratic decision by the British people to leave the European Union – fruitless and narrow—minded politicking that has little to do with the best interests of Northern Ireland. Sadly this week has not brought an end to these tactics. We have seen amendments lodged in Parliament that falsely claim that the UK exit will render peace in Northern Ireland under grave threat.

Let me be clear. Peace is not under threat. It is the will of local people supported by political agreement that sustains stability. We of course acknowledge that successive peace programmes have contributed enormously to progress in local communities and we will ensure that this money continues to get to those who need it. We will also fight hard for further sustainable funding either at European, national or regional levels for those who work so hard to build strong community relations.

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