EU exit doesn’t make sense – Anderson

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said a British exit from the European Union would have a devastating impact on the North of Ireland.

Speaking after attending a major conference in Newry discussing a possible British exit from the EU, Ms Anderson said;

“Clearly the implications of a British withdrawal from Europe for the North are well down the list of the Tory government’s priorities.

“But it would have huge negative implications for us here in Ireland, north and south.

“A British exit from Europe could see the introduction of border controls, lower standards of workers’ rights, and potential disaster for our export markets.

“Our farming and fishing industries have benefitted hugely from our EU membership, particularly under the leadership of successive Sinn Féin agriculture ministers.

“The EU has also been supportive of our peace and political processes and has been a useful platform to highlight injustices arising from the legacy of the conflict.

“It simply does not make economic sense for us to leave the EU.”