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Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory Brexit agenda would jeopardise the livelihoods of many involved in the business community in the north. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“There is widespread concern across the business community, particularly among those involved in small to medium sized enterprises about the prospect of being dragged out of the EU against our will. 

“The comments from the head of Invest NI when he said said he is excited about Brexit and that it brings possibilities do not reflect of the views of business people I have met from across the north. Such remarks turn a blind eye to the fears and concerns of the business community and echoing the Tory approach to Brexit, which is also backed by the DUP.

“The fact is that the Tory Brexit agenda is bad for business in the north and across the island and the livelihoods of many involved in business would be jeopardised. 

“Claims that leaving the EU would help attract investment to the north don’t stack up when taken alongside remarks from leading figures in the business world here that they are actually looking to leave the north as a result of Brexit. 

“The best way to protect our economy and our business community from Brexit is to secure designated status for the north within the EU.”

 
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has the Irish government needs to demand designated special status for the north within the EU in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. 
 
Speaking at a meeting of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Union affairs in Leinster House today alongside MEPs and TDs from across Ireland, Martina Anderson said: 
 
“The British Government has ignored the electorate in the north who voted 56% to remain in the EU.
 
“We have no faith that Tories in London will in any way be negotiating to protect the interests of the people of this island, north or south. 
 
“All of us on this island need to be working together from the other side of the negotiating table, as part of the EU 27,  to ensure our citizens north and south are protected from this disastrous Tory Brexit agenda. 
 
“Sinn Féin has put forward a credible alternative to Brexit with our case for designated special status for the north within the EU. 
 
“The only ways to protect the best interests of all Irish citizens and prevent the negative impact of Brexit are achieving designated special status for the north within the EU and Irish unity. 
 
“It’s time now for the Irish government to adopt the negotiating position, agreed by a majority in the Dáil and with a clear majority in the northern Assembly for Special Designated status for the north within the EU.”