EU withdrawal would have disastrous impact on the North - McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said any potential withdrawal from the European Union would have a disastrous impact on the North.
Mr McGuinness said;
"Ireland north and south has benefitted enormously from membership of the European Union for decades.
"Every section of our society has been enriched by our involvement with Europe through access to vitally important European funding, an enormous market for our business sector and the diversity new communities have brought to our society.
"Agriculture in particular has been a major beneficiary of our membership of the European Union through the Common Agricultural Policy and Single Farm Payment.
"Any suggestion from unionists or their allies in the Tory party and UKIP that the North should leave Europe would be economically disastrous.
"Leaving the EU would be pandering to racist and xenophobic elements who have absolutely no regard for the best interests of people living in the North.”