Councils told Brexit a disaster for border areas - Dolan
Sinn Féin Jemma Dolan MLA said border areas must be protected from the negative impacts of Brexit.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA was speaking after attending a meeting of councils, which discussed the impact on border areas of leaving the EU.
Jemma Dolan said:
“It was clear at the meeting today that industries are aware of the detrimental impact Brexit will have on border areas.
“Brexit will have serious repercussions for all-island economic integration, cross-border trade, and particularly for services, manufacturing, farming and agri-food sectors.
“The impact of Brexit is already becoming apparent with the drop in the value of sterling and rise in inflation with a knock-on effect for living standards and wage levels.
“The Ulster University Economic Policy Centre report found that some of the weakest economies on the island of Ireland are along the border.
“These areas also rely on funding from the EU in the form of Common Agricultural Policy, cross-border and peace funds and skills development programmes.
“Foreign direct investment has helped deliver jobs to the area so it is clear that border areas need protection from the negative impacts of Brexit.
“Brexit will be a disaster for the economy, for local business, for farmers and the wider agri-food industry, for the health service, for workers’ rights and border communities.
“Brexit is also a disaster for Irish national interests, both economically and politically. It directly threatens the very basis of the Good Friday Agreement, and the imperative for establishing a Bill of Rights.
"The people of the North voted to remain because it is in their best interests politically and economically.
"'Sinn Féin is the only party to put forward a credible alternative to Brexit with our case for designated special status for the North within the EU.”