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'Brexit would be a huge step backwards' - Gildernew

21 May, 2018 - by Michelle Gildernew


Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said today that businesses are gravely concerned about the disastrous impact Brexit will have on our economy.

Michelle Gildernew was speaking after British Secretary of State Karen Bradley visited Quinn Industrial Holdings in Fermanagh.

The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP said:

“Liam McCafferty, the CEO of Quinn Industrial Holdings, told the British Secretary of State today that a return of a hard border on the island of Ireland would be a huge step backwards for the people of this island.

“Mr McCafferty made it clear that the practical implications of a hard border could not be overstated.

“Almost half of local businesses have reported that their costs have already risen and one in ten businesses have set up a presence outside the north, with a fifth of businesses considering doing the same. 

“It’s not enough however for the British Secretary of State to simply tick a box by meeting a major employer on the border.

“The British Secretary of State must listen to the needs of people involved in business, in agriculture and in the community and voluntary sectors.

“Her government should respect the democratic wishes of the people of the north who voted to remain in the EU and work to ensure special status for the north within the EU with full access to the customs union and single market

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