Almost one billion euro in structural funds could be lost with Brexit – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the north stands to lose almost one billion euros in EU structural funding as a result of Brexit. 

Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Martina Anderson said: 

“EU cohesion funding has been vital for the north of Ireland and for border communities recovering from years of conflict and neglect.

“Now all this good work is under threat because of a Brexit that most people in the north do not want and did not vote for.

“By supporting Brexit the DUP has let the people of the north down as we stand to lose 982 million euros in structural funding.

“This is funding that thousands of people depend on for their businesses, community projects, and infrastructure.

“Some projects are already being delayed because of the fear and uncertainty around Brexit.

“The EU needs to ensure that the benefits of decades of cohesion policy aren’t lost by ensuring that the north has guaranteed ongoing access to funding after Brexit, as part of a designated special status within the EU.”