Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said rural communities are concerned about the impact of Brexit and are demanding special status for the north within the EU.
Martina Anderson said:
“I visited South Down today alongside local Sinn Féin MLAs Emma Rogan and Sineád Ennis and Chris Hazzard MP to meet with local groups to discuss the impact of Brexit.
“We met with rural community groups who are concerned about loss of vital funding and the prospect of increased rural isolation, particularly among older people.
“We also met with farmers who are fearful for their futures as they don’t believe that a Tory government which has been wedded to austerity will replace EU funding streams. They are also worried about the prospect of a reinforced border on the island of Ireland and the devastating impact it would have on the sector.
“I updated them on the work the Sinn Féin team is doing in the European Parliament to build support for the case for the north to secure designated special status within the EU.
“There is growing support across Europe for that case and we now need to see everyone, particularly the Irish government, getting behind it to make it a reality.” Ends/Críoch