Sinn Féin’s EU candidate for the EU Midlands North West constituency, Matt Carthy, has reiterated his party’s opposition to the impending imposition by Westminster of a levy on HGV’s crossing the border.
“Under new legislation being introduced by the British Government, all HGVs crossing the border from this April will be liable to pay up £10 a day. As a representative from the border region I know the potential damage this will cause.
“The imposition of this levy will have a detrimental effect on the expanding cross border trade which currently generates £2.3bn for this island and could dissuade investment in northern operations by southern based parent companies. This could have a particularly negative impact on the agri-food sector - our fastest growing sector.
"It is another example of the need for the transfer of fiscal powers to the north.
“Sinn Féin has been vocal in its opposition to this move and our representatives, north and south have been to the forefront in highlighting the issue at every elected forum.
“The British government needs to amend the legislation to exempt the north from this regressive charge. The Fine Gael government must ensure that they pressurise their British counterparts to stop this charge which has the potential to severely affect the future viability of small and medium businesses especially along the already struggling border region.”