Maskey criticises PBP 'Brexit cheerleaders'
Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said there are certainly no reasons to be cheerful about Brexit for the people of the north and for people right across the island of Ireland.
The West Belfast MP was responding to criticism from People Before Profit after anti-Brexit posters were erected across Belfast over the weekend.
Paul Maskey MP said:
”Gerry Carroll is desperate to try to distance himself from the fact that People Before Profit campaigned for Brexit, voted for Brexit and acted as a cheerleader for Brexit.
“In doing so he aligned himself to the hard line Brexiteers in the Tories, the DUP and the ultra right wing UKIP who are on course to deliver a hard Brexit which will devastate our economy and undermine our rights and the Good Friday Agreement.
"In the aftermath of the referendum result, Gerry Carroll said there were ‘reasons to be cheerful’ about the outcome of the EU referendum.
"There are certainly no reasons to be cheerful about Brexit for the people of the north and for people right across the island of Ireland.
“People Before Profit, joined with the DUP and TUV, to defeat a motion in the Assembly supporting special status for the North within the EU. They refused to support a similar motion in the Dáil.
"Higher living costs and increased hardship are already the cost of Brexit and the Tories now have workers’ rights firmly in their sights.
"The spectre of a hard border, a return to checkpoints and immigration controls is now right back on the no deal agenda of British Tories.
"Students and young people, victims groups, community groups and Irish language organisations, our business community and manufacturers, our agri-food industry have already raised concerns about the potential impact of Brexit.
“The people of the north voted to remain in the EU and that vote should be respected by the British Tory party and by Gerry Carroll’s People Before Profit.”