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DUP can't be allowed to muddy the waters over post-Brexit checks - Anderson

11 October, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the DUP are attempting to muddy the waters on the post-Brexit checks and controls by presenting misinformation. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“While in Brussels Arlene Foster and Dianne Dodds talked about the proposed system of post-Brexit checks but their claims simply do not add up. 

“The fact is that what is known as Sanitary and Phytosanitary checks (SPS) are already taking place - they are not new checks. 

“Facilities are already in place in the ports at Belfast as Larne for these checks and under these proposals we would merely see an intensification of the existing checks. 

“The DUP claims also refer only to a tiny minority of large multinational companies and ignore the fact that SMEs - who are among the largest employers in the north - conduct the majority of their business on an all-Ireland basis, just as they ignore the fact that the majority of people in the north voted to reject Brexit. 

"200,000 jobs depend on all-Ireland trade and the DUP to jeopardise these jobs in pursuit of their warped Brexit agenda. 

“Either they are attempting to sow confusion among businesses and producers and muddy the waters or they simply don’t understand the situation. 

“Not only do the DUP not speak for the majority in the north but they are also now trying to skew the discussion with misinformation at a time when businesses and producers are already very concerned. 

“This misinformation must be challenged by the EU and Irish government so that the DUP are not allowed to pull the strings of Theresa May against the best interests of the people of the north.”

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