Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Out of touch Tom Elliott clearly does not understand implications of Brexit

Published: 3 February, 2017

Sinn Féin Assembly election candidate Jemma Dolan has described the decision by UUP MP Tom Elliott to vote in favour of triggering Article 50 as absurd, given that 59% of voters in Fermanagh South Tyrone voted to remain in the EU. Dolan said out of touch Elliott clearly does not understand implications of Brexit for the North.

Speaking after the vote Jemma Dolan said;

"Tom Elliott is clearly out of touch and does not understand the implications of Brexit for the North. Rather than representing the interests of the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone, he has chosen to cheerlead the Tory Brexiteers in London.

"This is not a nationalist or a unionist issue - this is about the economic future of this region and the need to have elected representatives who will put the interest of the people of the constituency first.

"Tom Elliott's decision to vote in favour of triggering Article 50 is absurd. 28,200 of the people of Fermanagh South Tyrone voted to remain in the EU. The people, when voting, understood that as a border constituency heavily reliant on farming, agri food and tourism, Brexit will be detrimental for this area.

"On the same day that Elliott voted for Brexit, Michael Lux, a retired customs lawyer who worked for the German finance ministry, speaking to MPs in Westminster, warned that under EU law there will be no option but to have customs checks along the border.

"He went on to say how this would entail any vehicle carrying more than €300 worth of goods having to be stopped, drivers having to carry export documentation and how even dogs crossing the border would need documentation.

"Mr Lux talked about the extra administrative costs for businesses and the likely consequences to the dairy industry which could be dire for dairy production north and south.

"If elected as an MLA for Fermanagh South Tyrone I will be part of a strengthened Sinn Féin team fighting for special status for the North within the EU and defending the interests of border communities." ENDS