As the proposal for the North to be given “special status” in the Europe after the UK leave the EU, and with the EU stressing “imaginative solutions” are needed for the border, a delegation for a lobby group are to travel to Dublin to listen to EU chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, address the houses of the Oireachtas on the Irish concerns post-Brexit.
Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB), which includes a strong Fermanagh contingent, have already been contact with Mr Barnier’s office in relation to our many concerns about how Brexit will very negatively affect border communities.
Speaking ahead of their Dublin trip, BCAB chairman Declan Fearon said: “It is our hope that all the political parties in Ireland will agree to a special status for the North in the Brexit negotiations.
“In an important development this week the EU parliaments negotiator Guy Verhofstadt MEP has said that he believes the EU needs to look at a special case for the North in the Brexit negotiations.
“This is something which we warmly welcome, and we hope that all of those who have an interest in delivering a solution against a hard Brexit will lobby for Special Status.”
Mr Fearon added: “The coming months are going to be critical for Ireland and the future of our economy; these talks will set in stone for many years the trading relations between and across this island.
“We in Border Communities will continue to keep up contact with the decision makers in Dublin, London and Brussels to make sure that all voices in the Border Community are heard.”
Border communities and businesses in Fermanagh will be watching intently in the coming months as Mr Barnier and the EU member states perpare to begin Brexit negotiations begin in earnest.
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