British exit from European Union would have negative consequences for Ireland - Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said a British withdrawal from the European Union would have negative consequences for Ireland north and south.
Mr Kearney said;
"The prospect of a British withdrawal from the European Union would have negative implications for the whole of Ireland, north and south.
"It would reinforce partition and harden divisions between north and south with the potential for customs checkpoints, trading tariffs and the adverse knock-on for all-Ireland co-operation.
"A British exit from the EU would also damage Ireland's agriculture sector with the potential loss of the Common Agriculture Policy Single Farm Payments.
"The loss of EU structural funding would also have a huge impact on our ability to grow the economy through small and medium sized enterprises.
"As well as the economic impacts, a British withdrawal from the EU would have huge consequences for human rights legislation.
"It is clear that this British government is embarked on a strategy to dilute and restrict human and employment rights and protections for citizens.
"The Tories have an ideological aversion to the overarching accountability of European laws and rights and their precedence over British security and criminal justice.
"For Sinn Féin, Ireland's place is within Europe and the voice of the people of the North must be taken into account in any vote on EU membership."