November 15, 2022
Chris MacManus MEP hosts launch of ‘Making the Case for Irish Unity in the EU’ report by Colin Harvey and Mark Bassett

Sinn Féin MEP Chris MacManus today hosted the launch of the academic research paper, Making the Case for Irish Unity in the EU, co-authored by Professor Colin Harvey and Mr Mark Bassett Barrister-at-Law, at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The independent report, commissioned by The Left in the European Parliament, explores the legal mechanisms, as outlined in the Good Friday Agreement and recognised under international law, for the island of Ireland to be reunited within the EU.

The report further outlines the steps that the EU can take in order to provide for such an eventuality.

Chris McManus MEP said:

“The EU needs to take an active role in preparing for constitutional change on the island of Ireland. There is no legal impediment preventing the EU from doing so.

“Across Europe, people are engaging in this conversation whether it is diplomats, parliamentarians, or the general public. 

“But to date, the EU has taken a back seat. We have seen through the long-lasting repercussions of Brexit how disastrous it can be when people vote on a referendum without the necessary planning put in place beforehand.

“In their research paper, Colin Harvey and Mark Bassett set out the legal mechanisms of the Good Friday Agreement and international law, and seek to provide a platform for the European institutions to engage in this debate.

“Ultimately, the constitutional future of Ireland will be decided by the people of Ireland. But Colin Harvey and Mark Bassett hold the view, and it is one that I share, that the European Union can do so much more to prepare for it, and I hope that this report will encourage that necessary future dialogue.”

Former MEP Martina Anderson, now Sinn Féin’s Representative to Europe, said: 

“The EU was rightly critical of the British government for not planning and preparing properly for leaving the EU. But that is a potential criticism that the EU could face if it does not properly plan and prepare for Irish Unity, because Irish Unity will impact the EU and its institutions.

“This report speaks to the EU. It speaks to the Commission. It speaks to the European Parliament.

“The people of the North never voted to leave the EU. They had their representation in the European Parliament stripped away from them against their will.

“But we have a peaceful and democratic pathway back into the EU for those people, and that is why it is important for the EU to plan and prepare for the constitutional change on the island of Ireland that I, and so many more, believe is coming.”

  • The report can be read here.
  • Professor Colin Harvey and Mark Bassett Barrister-at-Law’s statement can be read here.

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

This Government is like the last guest at a party who has worn out their welcome but still won't go.

Be very clear: The day is coming when they will have to face the verdict of the people.

So when a General Election is called, vote for hope, vote for change and vote this failed…

This was the time to call a general election, but the government didn’t have the guts to call one.

We need change like never before. We need a new government that will put workers, families, and community first.

It’s time for new people with new ideas.  It’s time for change.

Sinn Féin MLA Linda Dillon has welcomed a commitment from the finance minister to review the issuing of baby loss certificates to parents who suffer baby loss prior to 24 weeks.

@LindaDillon81

‘Recognition of a Palestinian state will happen’. Welcome words from @MichealMartinTD but falls short of a firm declaration.
There may be no Palestine left to recognise unless Ireland & international community act decisively and immediately. No more delays.
#Gaza #CeasefireNow

Load More