MEP Anderson urges ‘Remain’ vote during Newry visit

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Community, Politics
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson toured the Newry and Armagh constituency recently, urging people to vote ‘Remain’ in the upcoming EU referendum. anderson2The poll topping European representative was joined by local politicians as she spoke to locals about the dangers of apathy and sleepwalking into an EU exit. She was joined by Armagh MLA Cathal Boylan as she canvassed shoppers in the city with MP Mickey Brady before going on to meet Anne Cadwallader and representatives from the Pat Finucane centre to discuss concerns that an EU exit could have implications for families seeking truth and justice from the European Court. In Newry she was joined by MLA Conor Murphy and Dr. Conor Patterson where she met with local media to discuss the possible effects of a leave vote on businesses here. “The strategic and political implications of Brexit run entirely counter to Irish national interests. The North will suffer considerably in the event of a Brexit,” she insisted. “Initially, the combined financial loss of EU investment, subsidies and funds to the north of Ireland, and the southern border counties, arising from a Brexit would be in the region of at least €3.5 billion.
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May June 2016 updated“Additionally, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) report stated that in the event of Brexit, trade with the South of Ireland would suffer hugely and the economic output in the North would decrease by at least five per cent. “Moreover, the 3rd Sector Index created by Ulster Bank stated that three quarters of 3rd sector companies – social enterprises, charities and community organisations – have major concerns about the impact of a Brexit on their business while the investment bank Credit Suisse assessed that an exit would trigger a snap recession prompted by a fall in share prices. “The negative economic implications for the people of the North are very serious. The case for Brexit is not motivated or sustained by alternative and better strategies or policies. Instead it is the product of a growth in influence by narrow English nationalism linked to conservative, Tory ideological interests,” Anderson insisted.
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