Ireland's place is in Europe - Flanagan
Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan has called on unionist candidate Tom Elliott to outline his stance on the north’s future position in Europe.
Speaking after taking part in a debate on the Assembly’s EU priorities, Mr Flanagan said:
“The people in Fermanagh & South Tyrone face a very clear choice in this election.
“Do they want an MP who will stand up for their interests in delivering equality and opposing austerity?
“Or do they want to vote for someone who has hitched his wagon to the Tories, UKIP and the DUP, who are backing him in this election, parties which openly want to take this part of Ireland out of Europe.
“Does Tom Elliott agree with DUP MEP Diane Dodds when she says that her overall ambition is to ‘end British EU membership’?
“If elected as an MP, will Tom Elliott back these parties in their calls to leave Europe?
“Leaving the European Union would cost the northern economy £1 billion a year. The knock-on impact in terms of the agri-food sector and the all-island economy are unquestionably significant.
“Both jobs ministers on this island promote this place as a gateway to Europe, particularly to American investors. Even the threat of a referendum on exiting Europe has a chilling effect on those potential investors.
“Sinn Féin’s position on this matter is very clear. Ireland’s place is in Europe and we are opposed to any attempt by a bunch of right wing xenophobes in England to drag the north out of Europe.”