Ritchie leads Westminster debate on EU funding in NI

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Monday, January 30th, 2017
Margaret RitchieMargaret Ritchie MP has led a debate in Westminster on the impact of Brexit on EU Funding in Northern Ireland Ritchie said, “EU funding has been essential in regenerating Northern Ireland’s economy, through the PEACE fund, INTERREG funding and the provision of agricultural subsidies. “The non-aligned cross-border impact of European funding would be very difficult to replicate outside of the EU, and can only be guaranteed by retaining the North’s continued eligibility for EU funding, either in its own right or by virtue of our relationship with the Irish Government.
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Jan End 2017“Special status or associate membership for Northern Ireland is compatible with each of the 12 negotiation goals that the Prime Minister outlined last week. “Given that, tri-lateral work between the British Government, Irish Government and the parties of the Assembly is urgently needed to establish how this can be implemented.
She added, “Only the SDLP can give the North the representation required to build this new settlement.”
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