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Brexit not a done deal. Still all to play for. - Lynch

Published: 15 July, 2016

Seán Lynch MLA has said that the Tory plans to drag the north out of the EU would be a disaster following a public meeting held in Lisnaskea last Thursday night.

Mr Lynch said:

"There were a wide range of people from various backgrounds and ages who came along to the meeting on Thursday night to have their say on the proposed Brexit and its impact on the North.

"My party colleagues, Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, Martin Kenny TD, Michelle Gildernew MLA, along with myself, discussed several issues during the meeting. Several such meetings are taking place around Ireland.

"People from all backgrounds and of all ages came out to the public meeting on Thursday night to express their concerns regarding the Tory proposal to drag the north out of the EU against the wishes of the electorate here.

"People in this community are scared about what the future holds if the Tories go ahead with their plan to take us out of Europe.

"Concerns raised included reduced protection from fracking, loss of ERASMUS programmes for our students, roaming charges, loss of subsidies to farmers which would affect the economy here, loss of INTERREG and PEACE funding which would hit our community groups hard, the hardening of the border, trade restrictions for businesses and the prospect of restricted movement of people between the north and south.

"These are all valid concerns as we have had no guarantees from the Tories that we would be protected from any of these outcomes. On top of that we have the DUP effectively cheerleading for a Brexit to include the North.

"But Brexit is not a done deal. It is still all to play for.

"This region has felt the detrimental economic impacts of being shackled to Britain for too long and in Fermanagh we have felt that more than most.

"This proposed Brexit has the potential to turn our region into an economic basket case as well as depriving our young people, our farmers, our businesses and our communities.

"The message from the people in the room was that they want to fight this and we in Sinn Féin will fight alongside them. We cannot do it alone. Groups must organise and unite for the common cause of resisting what would be calamitous to our community.

"We in the North did not vote to leave the EU. People from every political persuasion, and none, voted by a majority to remain. Our vote must be recognised and respected."