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Brexit from Europe would be disastrous for Ireland.- Kearney

15 April, 2016 - by Declan Kearney

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Declan Kearney has said that a Brexit from Europe would be disastrous for Ireland.

Declan Kearney said:

"Sinn Féin's vision is of a Europe that is social, democratic, environmentally friendly and promotes global peace and solidarity.

“A better European Union which properly serves the sovereign and democratic needs of its member states and 500 million citizens can only be achieved by campaigning for change and reform from within the EU institutions. 

“Brexit would mean lost investment, negative implications for border controls and common travel, and the protection of workers and other rights.  

"A British state withdrawal from the EU, would represent a major set-back for the political process in the north of Ireland and relationships between the two islands.

"Brexit would also pose a direct challenge to the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement, an internationally binding treaty and undermine all-Ireland co-operation.

“In broader terms the financial losses of EU investment, subsidies and funds to the north of Ireland, and the southern border counties, arising from a British withdrawal would be in the region of £2.5 billion.

“There would be hugely negative repercussions for Foreign Direct Investment and the development of the North’s export capacity regarding access to EU, and global markets.

"In the event of any Brexit from Europe Sinn Féin will immediately demand a border poll as provided for under the Good Friday Agreement.

"We will continue to take every opportunity to encourage progressive local and European alliances in opposition to Brexit, and to provide responsible and strategic leadership on this issue."

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