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EU Referendum: Petition calls on Northern Ireland Assembly to refuse consent for Brexit

Watch as Northern Ireland Assembly meet for Brexit debate

By Claire Williamson

Published 27/06/2016

General views of Parliament Buildings, at Stormont. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
General views of Parliament Buildings, at Stormont. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

A petition has been launched calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to refuse consent to leave the European Union.

While the UK voted in favour of Leave in the recent referendum, the majority of Northern Ireland votes opted for Remain.

The DUP was the only major party in Northern Ireland that backed the Leave campaign.

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A petition is calling for the Northern Ireland Assembly to refuse consent to leave.

The Assembly is meeting on Monday for the first time to debate the implications for Northern Ireland of the referendum vote.

It has reached more than 26,000 signatures.

During questions to the First Minister, DUP leader Arlene Foster said she would work for the good of all of Northern Ireland.

"Whatever the outcome of the referendum, I would after the referendum work for the good of all of the people of Northern Ireland in any negotiations that would take place.

"I know there are a lot of people in Northern Ireland who are disappointed, a lot of people who are angry, a lot of people who have made all kinds of terrible prophecies of doom.

"If others want to engage in navel gazing that's fine. My focus is on doing what is right for all of the people of Northern Ireland in terms of negotiations that will be coming up very soon."

Meanwhile an online petition states: "We the undersigned urge both Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness as the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland to respect the democratic will of the people in Northern Ireland who voted overwhelmingly to remain members of the European Union.

"We also urge the Northern Ireland executive to make a clear and concise case for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union.

"That this must be done in order to safeguard the rights of the people in Northern Ireland whether Irish, British or Northern Irish and to ensure the durability of the Good Friday Agreement which is the basis for our fragile peace process which is heavily reliant upon the European Union at its core."

Over 28,000 people have signed the petition.

Meanwhile, more than 3million people have signed a petition in response to the decision to leave. It is calling for a second referendum and for the government to change the rules so that only a win of over 60% would be binding.

Read more: EU Referendum: Parliament petition for second vote reaches more than 1 million signatures  

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