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Civic and political platform required for campaign to remain in EU - Kearney

22 February, 2016

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said a wide civic and political platform is needed to make the case for the North to remain in the European Union. 

Mr Kearney said; 

"There is a positive case which needs to be made and heard about our future relationship with the EU which sidelines the negative arguments of those who have nothing but fear to offer. 

"It is clear Ireland's place is in Europe and the case for a British exit from Europe is being driven by a 'little Englander,; isolationist agenda which has everything to do with internal divisions in the British Tory party and nothing to do with the interests of the business and farming sectors and working people in the north of Ireland. 

"The European Union represents a market of 500 million citizens in which to promote our exports and encourage investment. 

"The North is a strategic gateway for north American foreign direct investment and our EU membership is key to maximising that investment. 

"In the coming weeks the collective focus of all of those who recognise the importance of winning the case for remaining in Europe should be to build a civic and political platform on that positive agenda."

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