Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has expressed grave concern following the announcement that Theresa May is to succeed David Cameron as the British Prime Minster.
Ms Anderson said that throughout her career Theresa May has repeatedly indicated that she would look to repeal laws that guarantee human rights, and as recently as May, voted in favour of repealing the Human Rights Act.
“Her appointment as Prime Minister has left me fearful for equality and human rights legislation,” Ms Anderson has said.
“This year we obtained, in conjunction with our parliamentary grouping GUE/NGL, a legal opinion on the impact of any Repeal of the Human Rights Act
“Commissioned by Kevin Winters Law and Doughty Street Chambers, the legal advice confirmed that ‘A repeal of the Human Rights Act risks not only breaching the Good Friday Agreement in a technical sense, but infringing its spirit and leading to a loss of faith in the British Government’s commitment to the peace process.’
“From the Brexit campaign, it was obvious that the peace process in Ireland was never on their agenda and despite Ms. May campaigning to remain, she has stated that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ and therefore will not represent the best interests of the people of the north.”