Carthy expresses support for border anti-Brexit demo
Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has expressed his support for a major anti-Brexit demonstration on the border today.
Truck and Transport Companies and farmers are joining the protest to demand that the British and Irish Governments listen to the concerns of border communities in negotiations around Brexit.
They are staging a 40-minute ‘vehicle go-slow’ at various points along the border.
Matt Carthy said:
“In the years since the Good Friday Agreement, the border has become all but invisible.
“Brexit seriously threatens that important progress and risks inflicting significant hardship on border communities and the wider economy and society.
“The very last thing we need to see is the re-emergence of border controls, customs posts and all the paraphernalia of Partition which had been banished with the peace process.
“There is a real and deepening concern now, right across the border region, as to how Brexit will impact on businesses, tourism and on people who cross the border on a daily basis for work and education.
“The uncertainty which is already damaging trade and investment and impacting on cross-border business will be as nothing compared to the hardships which will ensue with the imposition of tariffs and the restriction of the free movement of goods, services and people on this island.
“New restrictions on cross-border agricultural trade would also be a devastating development for farmers, particularly in border counties.
“Farming communities, North and South, have always worked together and that is the way things should continue into the future.
“Enda Kenny’s rejection of the proposition that the North be afforded a special designated status within the EU is a huge mistake.
“Without such a designation, a hardening of the border is inevitable. I welcome the recent Dáil vote calling on the Government to negotiate for the north to be designated as having special status within the EU.
“This position can be realised, and has the consent of a 56% cross-community majority in the North - democratically expressed - who voted to Remain.
“I wish to commend Border Communities Against Brexit for their actions today which highlight the deep and widespread concerns of those living along the border about the impact of Brexit and the urgent need for these concerns to be addressed by the Irish and British Governments.”