‘People must defend our place in Europe’ – McNulty

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
SDLP Assembly Member for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has urged local people to come out and vote in Thursday’s referendum on membership of the European Union. euMcNulty said that votes in the North could be critical to “maintaining the rich benefits of our continued place in Europe”. He told Newry Times, “I know people are suffering from election fatigue. After three years of elections and fresh from a three-month Assembly election campaign, we’re all a bit weary. But this Thursday’s vote on our membership of the European Union is the most critical test of public opinion since 1998. “During the course of this campaign it has been proven, without a shadow of a doubt, that family incomes, job security and investment will all be dealt a hammer blow if we’re forced out of Europe. “And be in no doubt, the British Chancellor will be in no rush to find extra resources to defend our farming communities, our manufacturing industry or the thousands of jobs that rely on cross border trade with the South.
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May June 2016 updated“More than perhaps any other area, Newry and Armagh has benefited from an open border with the South. Leaving Europe would mean a return to a hard border with customs check points stifling trade and cross border cooperation. Given the fragile nature of our recovery, it’s not something we can withstand. McNulty added, “On Thursday we have the opportunity to defend our position in Europe against the narrow thinking Nigel Farages and Boris Johnsons of the world. We must stand together and we must vote Remain.”
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