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Carroll and McCann align themselves to Tory right wingers - Maskey

18 October, 2016 - by Paul Maskey

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said Gerry Carroll and Eamonn McCann are out of step with the views of the community on remaining in the EU. 

Mr Maskey said:

“Both Gerry Carroll and Eamonn McCann refused to support a motion in the Assembly to support special EU status for the north of Ireland, causing the motion to be defeated by one vote.

"They have effectively aligned themselves on the same pro-Brexit side as Theresa May, Boris Johnston and Nigel Farage.

"Gerry Carroll, in the aftermath of the referendum result in June, said there are ‘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 West Belfast and for people right across the island of Ireland.

"Students and young people, victims groups, community groups and Irish language organisations have already raised concerns about the potential impact of Brexit. 

"West Belfast voted 74.1% to remain in the EU. This community is solidly in favour of remaining in the EU.

"The loss of EU support and investment into west Belfast will mean less jobs, will mean the local economy is hit hard and the quality of life for everyone in west Belfast will be reduced.

"We are already seeing higher living costs and increased hardship and we are only in the early stages of the aftermath of this decision.

"The spectre of a hard border, a return to border checkpoints and immigration controls is now right back on the agenda of the British Tory Government.

"People who have come to west Belfast from countries across the world and made west Belfast their home and contribute positively to our community face an uncertain future with the terrible prospect of being forced to leave when Brexit is implemented. These are people who work hard and, most notably, save lives every day in our local hospitals.

"Gerry Carroll and Eamonn McCann have supported Brexit and these are the appalling consequences.

"The majority of people here voted to remain in the EU and that vote must be respected."

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