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Reilly in London to outline implications of a British exit from the EU for the Border

24 June, 2015

Today at the London launch of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs report on the implications for Ireland of Britain leaving the European Union, Sinn Féin Senator Kathryn Reilly outlined the extreme impact this would have on the Border region.

Addressing British officials, Senator Reilly stated:

“The importance of this report and the recommendations made should not be underestimated. It is crucial that we start the debate on the implications for Ireland of a British exit from the EU as soon as possible.”

“Such an eventuality would be devastating for the Border region in particular. It would see the reintroduction of check points, passport controls, custom checks, and many other negative measures.”

“The economy of the whole island would be damaged, and this would no doubt be worsened in the Border region. The free movement of goods and services would no longer exist in its current format across the Border. This would have significant implications for trade and employment, it would also affect families and communities, and it would reinforce partition even further.

Senator Reilly concluded:

“Sinn Fein is committed to seeing Britain remain in the EU, it is in the best interest of citizens in the Border regions, it is in the best interest of all the citizens on the island of Ireland, and it is in the best interest of Britain and the EU.”

“We as a party will be actively campaigning for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum and we will seek to have special treatment afforded to the north so the people of the six counties can decide their own future for themselves.” 

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