Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the higher education sector would be particularly badly hit by the Tory Brexit agenda. 

Martina Anderson said: 

“I met today with representatives of the Irish Research Council in Brussels to discuss the impact of the Tory Brexit agenda on the island of Ireland. 

“It is an independent research funding and monitoring body and has been conducting research across Ireland on the impact of Brexit. 

“Their research proves what we have known all along; that Brexit is bad for Ireland, north and south. 

“In particular, one piece of research found that 96 per cent of respondents said Brexit would have a negative impact on the higher education sector across Ireland. 

“They have also found that vital cancer research programmes in the North, which have been successful in securing EU funding in the past, could be in jeopardy if that funding is lost. 

“The best way to avoid this is for the north to secure designated special status within the EU. 

“The group have established a Brexit task and I look forward to continuing to engage with them in order to update them on the campaign for the north to secure special status.”