THE PEOPLE of Fermanagh will take part in “every day civil disobedience” if a border is re-errected after Brexit.
There has been a lot of talk of a rise in tensions and even violence if the border returns post-Brexit, however peaceful civil disobedience has been used by Fermanagh people in the past to protest injustice, and many locally have vowed to use it again.
“People simply trying to go about their everyday life will be civilly disobedient,” said Cllr Adam Gannon, referring to how locals will cope with customs checks and border restrictions.
“People’s lives aren’t going to change over night. Civil disobedience will happen.
“People will still try to cross the border, they will still try to go to the shop, to go to their work. If they want to buy a pint of milk on their way home and they have to cross the border going home. Will they pay import duty on the milk?”
Meanwhile, Fermanagh people should be able EU rights post-Brexit, including freedom of movement, as long as they have an Irish passport. According to Cllr Gannon, those worried about anyone trying to take that right away should have more faith in the power of the Good Friday Agreement.
“They are trying to flaunt it, but we haven’t had Brexit yet, so they haven’t actually flaunted it yet. They are trying to find a way around it. They will find it very hard to get around that one. It was an international treaty.”
Posted: 2:02 pm October 10, 2019