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Sinn Fein will oppose British 'Brexit' - Maskey MP.

16 February, 2016 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin will oppose and campaign against any attempts by the British government to withdraw from the EU or make its relationship more conditional, Paul Maskey MP said today.

Maskey, the leader of Sinn Fein's team of MPs, was speaking as the party lodged a submission to Westminster's NI Affairs Committee inquiry on the possibility of the British withdrawal from the EU.

Maskey said,

"The prospect of increased or full withdrawal by the British state from the EU, has negative implications for Ireland, north and south. It would represent a major set-back for the political process in the north, and directly challenge the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement, as an internationally binding treaty. It would also undermine all-Ireland co-operation and harden partition.

“A Brexit is opposite to the interests of local people. The combined financial loss of EU investment, subsidies and funds to the north of Ireland, and the southern border counties, arising from a Brexit would be in the region of £2.5 billion.

“The arguments for a Brexit made in the British state, and by its local advocates, do not take account of these factors, and fail to set out proposals which would prevent even more damage being done to the already weak structure of the local economy, as well as the adverse knock-on effects upon all-Ireland co-operation.

"The 'reform' agenda being pursued by David Cameron amounts to nothing more than a race to the bottom in terms of workers' rights, citizens' protection, human rights provision and financial regulation. 

“Sinn Fein believe that an effectively mobilized body of popular opinion against Brexit particularly in the north of Ireland, Scotland and Wales could have a very decisive influence on the outcome of a British referendum.

"Sinn Fein stands ready to play its part in taking forward this agenda with others in society across these islands"

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