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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 European Movement NI Chair has said the organisation has already prepared to challenge Brexit at every stage, as the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, notifying the EU of its intention to leave.
In a letter to the ‘Irish Times’ in August, the President of the European Movement in Northern Ireland (EMNI) Brian Garrett and long-standing member Dennis Kennedy argue that it is in the interests of Ireland and the UK, and of the rest of the EU, that the closest possible association between the UK and the EU
"Johnson’s gov't could not have made it plainer that the North is a lesser priority than Brexit... Dublin has other priorities too. When a no-deal Brexit was looming... maintaining an open border mattered less... than full membership of the single market."