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The European Movement in Northern Ireland (EMNI) – the longest established pro-European organisation in the North- has rejected comments by shadow international trade secretary, Barry Gardiner, that a referendum on the final Brexit deal would cause ‘social unrest’ and instead has called on the British Labour Party to support a Peoples Vote.
The Chairperson of the European Movement in Northern Ireland (EMNI) Donal Lyons has warned that the economy ‘doesn’t run on bravado’ following a leaked report which suggested the Northern Ireland economy would take a 12% hit if there is no deal between the UK and EU.
The outgoing European Movement NI Chair has warned there is a ‘very serious risk, given yet another failure by the UK Government to clarify its own negotiating position, that UK-EU relations will be badly damaged and that the island of Ireland will bear the brunt of the punishment for this’.
The European Movement in Northern Ireland has responded to reports that an internal EU paper has suggested that the avoidance of a hard border on the island of Ireland ‘effectively requires Northern Ireland remaining in the single market and the customs union’.
The European Movement in Northern Ireland (EMNI) has said the speech by the British Prime Minister in Florence on 22 September did not put forward any ideas to deal with the border on the island of Ireland as the UK leaves the Customs Union.
What is clear from #allislanddialogue that umbrella organisations across Ireland have huge concerns about the rejection of #WithdrawalAgreement and possibility of #NoDeal. This is dismissed by the DUP's Sammy Wilson whose ideologically driven crusade is threatening our prosperity
Minister @HMcEntee concludes #allislanddialogue there's 'huge amount of work' to do to prepare for #NoDeal: "There's no doubt that the best way to avoid this, to protect the peace process, the invisible border and the All-Island economy is by ratifying the #WithdrawalAgreement."
Businesses are really worried about what #NoDeal will mean for #NorthernIreland. Makes you wonder why any responsible NI political party could seriously argue NI was better off out of #EU:
"BBC News - Brexit: Norbrook planning to stockpile for no-deal"
Despite what is portrayed by the DUP, the only main NI political party which advocated Leave, #NorthernIreland voted Remain, the main business & farming umbrella organisations in NI support the #WithdrawalAgreement and believe #NoDealBrexit would wreck the local economy.
“Viewed from Brussels, every part of the Malthouse compromise is out of the question, from its attempt to reheat rejected ideas for technological border solutions to the demand for a standstill transition without a withdrawal agreement.”
These pertinent questions asked by experts on borders and the #IrishBorder in particular, must be fully answered by those ERG ideologues. If they can't, then something drastic is needed to avoid crashing over the cliff at the end of next month.