“The European Movement is not about to let all that happen. With our allies across the UK we will challenge Brexit at every stage, and continue to demand the people are consulted with and given a voice on the basis of reality, not fiction.
“In the meantime we have already assembled papers from businesses, educational institutions and voluntary bodies, notably in the Health Sector, to inform proposals which we will feed into an Independent Council, led by Alasdair McDonnell MP and Steve Aiken MLA, to represent Northern Ireland’s civic voice.
“These proposals will provide ideas and challenges both to the UK Government and European Council during the negotiation process, and to the NI Executive as it uses devolved powers to maintain special arrangements to make sure Northern Ireland is a gateway for business and leisure pursuits both in the UK and across Europe.
Stephen Dorrell, Chair, European Movement UK:
“I am opposed to Brexit because we believe it represents an attempt to insulate Britain from the modern world. The case has been built on a series of undeliverable promises which threaten not merely our living standards but the system of values, friendships and alliances which Britain has built in the post-colonial era.
It is an elaborate gothic fantasy, worthy of Ludwig of Bavaria. But it is built on quicksand and there is an urgent public interest in ensuring that it is exposed.
In a healthy democracy those who take this view not only have the right to make our case; we have an inescapable obligation to do so.”