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‘Rural Ireland is under attack’ – O’Neill

17 September, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Rural Ireland is under attack and must be protected from a hard Brexit agenda that threatens economic apartheid on the island, Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said.

Speaking at the National Ploughing Championship in Co Carlow, today, Michelle O’Neill commented:

“Rural Ireland is under attack. The impending no deal crash-out would see the British government cut all ties with no terms of departure and drag the North of Ireland with it.

“This would see WTO rules applied putting the future UK-EU trading relationship under threat, with no regulatory and customs co-operation and immediate chaos and disruption.

“It will mean economic apartheid on the island of Ireland and the biggest risk to the economy in a generation with manufacturing and agri-food sectors becoming the hardest hit.”

Reiterating support for the Withdrawal Agreement and Backstop as the only insurance policy against this, Michelle O’Neill added:

“The backstop is the least worst outcome.

“It merely provides legal protections and removes any impediment to all-Ireland arrangements, and totality of relationships which already exist, ‘and unless and until alternative arrangements’, which both sides agree on, can replace it.

“The island of Ireland faces its biggest and most profound challenges in a generation.

“We need a deal for the island of Ireland by the end of this month.” 

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