Anderson challenges DUP over position on EU

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the DUP need to explain its position on the North’s place within the European Union.

Ms Anderson said;

“Now that the DUP and UKIP appear to be getting into bed together the DUP need to get explain exactly what their attitude to Europe is.

“On one hand we have DUP ministers on trade missions to the US selling the North to businesses as a gateway to Europe.

“On the other hand they are presenting themselves as champions of the EU membership referendum debate and their MEP has gone as far to say that they would definitely pull out of Europe.

“They have not, however, explained what the impact of leaving the EU would be for people here.

“The reality is the North benefits greatly from EU membership and those benefits would be lost if we were to leave the EU.

“For example, the loss of the Common Agricultural Policy would have a hugely detrimental impact on our farming community, particularly large farmers, but also small farmers who depend on the Single Farm Payment.

“The European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund would also be lost to the hundreds of groups across the north who have benefited from this funding.

“This is the scenario the DUP wants for a range of groups across the North. Not content with supporting cuts to the block grant they now want to pull out of the EU and cut all those funding opportunities.”