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‘Brexit will have catastrophic impacts on rural communities’ - Dolan

30 November, 2018 - by Jemma Dolan

Sinn Féin MLA Jemma Dolan has said there is clear opposition within the local community to the reckless Brexit agenda being pursued by the DUP.

The Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA was commenting after attending the ‘Brexit: Your Future?’ event in Enniskillen hosted by Martina Anderson MEP and Michelle Gildernew MP. 

Jemma Dolan said:

“The turnout at the Brexit conference in Enniskillen is testimony to the concerns of border communities now that Brexit is four months away. 

“We heard directly the concerns of local businesses, farmers and education workers about the impacts Brexit will have on the economy and jobs. 

“There is huge concern at the potential loss of over £21 million in EU funding and the impact to the current 469 students and 22 staff traveling from the south to South West College. 

“Farming and rural communities will suffer the catastrophic effects of Brexit. A staggering 93 per cent of the income generated by farmers and agri-food producers comes from the European Union.

“The DUP should listen to the business community. They should listen to the farming community. And they should listen to the cross-community majority here who voted against Brexit. 

“There is no good to come from Brexit - the Withdrawal Agreement is the least worst option available to prevent a hard border on this island. Political Unionism must accept the wishes of a majority who wish to remain within the EU. 

“The four pro-remain parties in the North represent the majority in our determination to prevent a hard border and protect jobs, investment and households from disaster. The backstop remains the bottom line.”

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