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Finance Minister fights for north to have special status within EU

1 February, 2017 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir


Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir travelled to Brussels today to make the case for continued EU funding and for the north’s vote to remain to be respected.

During his one-day visit O Muilleoir met key EU representatives including Danuta Hubner (Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Constitutional Affairs) and Mike Neilson (the Scottish Government's EU Director).

Speaking after these meetings Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

“EU programmes such as Peace, Interreg, and the ERASMUS programme have broadened horizons, built reconciliation, and spurred prosperity.

“As Finance Minister I have fought to secure £500m Peace and Intereg funding between now and 2020. But the absence of guarantees for future funding, in particular in relation to agriculture, only adds to the severe economic threat posed by Brexit.”

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir’s visit to Brussels comes a day after Sinn Féin launched its case for the north to have special status within the EU.

“Today’s meetings with key EU representatives also provided an opportunity for me to call for the north’s democratic vote to remain to be respected, by granting the north special status within the EU.”

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