'Rather than erecting more barriers we need to build bridges to Europe' - Ó Muilleoir
Addressing a meeting of the party’s national Brexit Committee in Co Meath today, Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said British Government plans to impose a one-size-fits-all solution on EU migration post-Brexit will cause untold damage to the North's economy.
Welcoming the CBI call today for a special case on EU migration for the North, he said:
“I welcome the CBI comments but it is not just low-wage migration that we should be concerned about.
“Putting up barriers to the freedom of movement of EU citizens will damage all sectors of the economy including our growing FinTech businesses and our software companies. It will also totally undermine our university international research projects.
“These blows to our economic prospects underline the need for the North to continue to have a voice in the European Parliament post-Brexit, something the Taoiseach can deliver by allocating the extra two seats going to the South post-Brexit to the North.
“For some time, it has been clear that we need to control our own immigration policy in the North. That need has only got clearer with the threat of Brexit. But the bottom line for business is that rather than erecting more barriers we need to build bridges to Europe.
“I look forward to meeting the CBI to discuss their proposals.”