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O’Neill’s Brexit concerns further highlight need for special designated status within the EU – McElduff

29 May, 2017 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Fein West Tyrone Westminster Election candidate Barry McElduff has described as ‘deeply worrying’ today’s report from one of Strabane’s main employers that it has had to put investment plans on hold and jobs could be at risk given the uncertainty created by the decision to trigger Brexit.

Barry McElduff said:

“O’Neill’s Sportswear employs 545 people in Strabane and contributes significantly to the local economy.

“It is deeply concerning that this morning Company Director Kieran Kennedy has said that as a result of the uncertainty created by the decision to trigger Brexit that ambitious investment plans have had to be put on hold and that existing jobs could be potentially lost.

“In a series of meetings and discussions with other major employers and small businesses in the Strabane area in recent weeks, similar grave concerns are also being expressed to me about the current and future negative fall-out of Brexit.

“Today’s news about O’ Neill’s highlights the need for special designated status to allow the North to remain within the within the European Union.

“The imposition of any border controls would be disastrous for the economy of this island and particularly in areas like here in Tyrone and Donegal.

“On the 8th June, people need to send a powerful message to the Tories and their DUP/UUP Brexit cheerleading friends that we will not accept a border on the island of Ireland.

“Ultimately the decision on Brexit arrangements will be taken by the 27 remaining states in Europe not by the British Government.

“Sinn Féin is seeking a strong mandate in this election to re-enforce the democratic wishes of the people of the North to remain in the EU.

“The return of Sinn Féin MPs will strengthen the diplomatic offensive for designated special status by our MEPs in Brussels and Strasbourg, our TDs in the Dáil and our MLAs."

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