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‘Blackout fears are further evidence of Brexit catastrophe’ - Ó Muilleoir

27 September, 2018 - by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

The revelation that a no-deal Brexit could lead to electricity blackouts here is just the latest evidence of the ‘catastrophic impact’ it will have on the island of Ireland, Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said.

The party’s Brexit spokesperson was commenting after it emerged that British Government officials are preparing a ‘no deal’ notice that warns of rocketing energy costs here and potential electricity black-outs.

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:

“This is just the latest example of the catastrophic impact which the Brexit agenda risks imposing on the entire island of Ireland. 

“The single market on the island of Ireland is underpinned by membership of the EU’s Internal Energy Market (IEM) which requires alignment with EU rules including industrial emissions regulations and restrictions on state aid.

“If Britain crashes out of that, their own officials are now warning that could lead to a disastrous scenario here in the North with costs rising by as much as 34% or even the lights going out altogether.

“That is the kind of collateral damage that the Brexiteers in the Tory Party, aided and abetted by the DUP, are prepared to force upon the people of the North.

“It again reinforces the absolute necessity of ensuring the referendum vote in the North is respected by securing special status for us to remain.

“The Irish Government and the EU27 must also continue to stand firm in the Brexit negotiations and defend the interests of all Irish citizens, North and South.” 

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