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Border Communities face serious threat from Brexit – Adams

27 February, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was in Fermanagh and South Tyrone this morning campaigning with two of the parties there candidates Jemma Dolan and Michelle Gildernew.

The Sinn Féin leader warned of “serious consequences for the border communities, community groups and the farming sector as a result of Brexit”.

He also expressed concern at the identification of locations for customs posts on the Fermanagh border with Leitrim and Donegal.

Gerry Adams said:

“The British Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 within the next fortnight. This will commence the formal negotiations for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

“The economic implications for the two economies on this island and especially for the border communities are enormous. Currently, island wide trade generates over £3 billion annually. Around 60 per cent of the North’s exports to the EU are to the Irish state. Over 14,000 people regularly commute across the border between the North and South for work or study.

“Brexit puts all of this at risk and with it the jobs of those exporters who will now face tariffs and greater bureaucracy and currency costs.

“While I welcome the Taoiseach's remarks in Brussels last week in which he said any final Brexit agreement must allow for Irish reunification in line with the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, there is an urgent need for clarify about his Government’s intentions around contingency plans for border posts and checkpoints as a result of Brexit.

“These allegedly include the examination and identification of locations for full border check points in Cavan, Leitrim, and Donegal.

“Sinn Féin believes that the North must have a special designated status within the EU. In this way we can ensure that there is no land frontier on the island of Ireland between a non EU state and the EU.” 

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