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Anderson encourages people to attend Strabane EU referendum meeting

11 November, 2014 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has encouraged people to attend a meeting in Strabane on Friday on the possible impact on Ireland of Britain leaving the EU. 

Speaking ahead of the event, which will be hosted by Pat Doherty MP in the Fir Trees Hotel, Strabane, on Friday from 2-4pm, Ms Anderson said; 

"The North of Ireland has benefitted hugely from membership of the European Union over many years. 

"We see those benefits on a daily basis both in the North and on a north-south basis right across the island. 

"Now we have a situation where the British government has committed to holding a referendum on membership of the EU. No-one knows exactly what a British government withdrawal from Europe would mean. 

"For us in the north of Ireland, and particularly those who live and work in the border counties north and south, any change in our membership of the EU would have drastic consequences. These have the potential to stifle the progress and development of this region. 

"This is a hugely important issue. That is why Pat Doherty MP is hosting a public meeting on the impact Britain's referendum on EU membership would have on Ireland. 

"I will be addressing the meeting alongside Ruth Tallion from the Centre for Cross Border Studies. 

"The meeting will be held in the Fir Tress Hotel, Strabane, on Friday November 14 from 2-4pm.” 

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