Martina Anderson said:
“My fellow Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy and I have brought a task force of MEPs from across Europe to Ireland, north and south, to see at first hand what the impact of the Tories’ undemocratic Brexit agenda would be.
“We met in Newry with representatives of Newry, Mourne and Down Council along with civic and business leaders from the area to discuss the real concerns that exist over Brexit.
“The task force heard there is a genuine fear about the prospect of Britain imposing a hard border, compounding the negative impact of partition, and the impact that would have on the local economy.
“We then travelled on one of the 277 roads that cross the border to Carrickmacross in Monaghan to meet the local council and business and farming representatives.
“It is clear that Brexit would be bad for Ireland, north and south, and its impact would be particularly keenly felt in border areas.
“Sinn Féin have put forward a case for designated special status for the north within the EU and that has received support from Dáil Éireann. It is now up to the Irish government to act on that vote.
“The MEPs, as they continue on this fact-finding mission, will be able to take the concerns of local communities about Brexit and bring them back to the heart of the European Parliament.”