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Martina Anderson: I'm the only voice for unionist remainers

Martina Anderson to took part in the BBC European election debate on Tuesday night. Credit: BBC
Martina Anderson to took part in the BBC European election debate on Tuesday night. Credit: BBC

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has claimed she is the "only voice" for unionist's who voted for remain in the Brexit referendum.

She made the comments on BBC NI's Spotlight European election debate on Tuesday night, involving six candidates from the Ulster Unionist Party, Sinn Fein, Alliance, DUP, SDLP and TUV.

On the question of whether a second referendum is the only way to break the Brexit deadlock, Ms Anderson said: "At this point in time, I am the only voice the unionist people have who voted to remain.

"Unfortunately it is true, I am the only one. Those people who voted to remain, from the unionist community - this is not an orange and green issue."

The comments were met with widespread laughter and jeering from the studio audience.

In response, TUV leader Jim Allister said: "An IRA bomber will never represent the unionist people."

During the Troubles, Martina Anderson served more than 13 years behind bars for IRA terrorist offences.

She was first elected to the European Parliament in 2012 and was re-elected in 2014, topping the poll with 159,813 first preference votes.

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