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'Border Communities Against Brexit' congratulated by Sinn Féin MLAs and Councillors

Published: 10 October, 2016

Sinn Féin MLAs and Councillors congratulated 'Border Communities Against Brexit' on their locally organised protests held on Saturday.

Speaking from Aghalane, Seán Lynch said:

"I'm here today along with some of my party colleagues, Councillors Barry Doherty and Sheamus Greene, to support this campaign.

"It's great to see communities coming together to protest against the potential withdrawal of this part of Ireland from the EU.

"The idea of a new EU frontier, stretching from Dundalk to Derry, is not something which is anyone's interests.

"The prospect of customs tariffs and the restriction of the free movement of goods, services and people across the border is now of deep and growing concern, especially to businesses, workers, students and farmers in the border region.

"We only have to listen at what has been coming out of the Tory Party conference in the last week to realise our worst fears may be confirmed and we are headed backwards to a place that our communities don't want to go.

"In June, the people of the North, voted to remain within the European Union. It would be unthinkable now to have one part of this island operating within the EU and another outside it. But that is exactly what the British Government is proposing."

Councillor Debbie Coyle, speaking from the protest at Belcoo/Blacklion said:

"Any strengthening of the border or undoing of progress made during the Peace Process, is something which nobody in Ireland wants, and would breach the Good Friday Agreement.

"We must all stand together uphold the democratic wishes of the people of the North.

"I am pleased to be here today, along with my party colleague John Feely, to stand alongside our community against any bolstering of the border or the reintroduction of customs checks or other barriers. We must defend border communities, businesses, workers and farmers.

"We in Sinn Féin will continue to support 'Border Communities Against Brexit' and will continue to lobby the British, Irish and EU parliaments to campaign for the north to remain in the EU." - Ends/Críoch