This week we have seen increased levels of fear and anger along the Border Region, according to Fianna Fáil Senator Erin McGreehan.
She explained, “This week I have voiced my serious concerns to An Taoiseach and our European Affairs Minister following the various comments from the UK Government.
“I held a meeting with EU Affairs Minister Thomas Byrne TD to express my shock at what the British Government were attempting to do. I also explained to Minister Byrne there is a real fear in the Border Region that the Northern Irish Protocol is going to be dropped by the UK. As a European country we will have to protect the Single Market and an open border with the North.
“I was shocked to witness the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis MP, respond to questions in the House of Commons admitting that the Internal Market Bill does indeed “break international law in a very specific and limited way”.
“I have also met with Border Communities Against Brexit. Damien McGennity and Declan Fearon, representatives from the group have been to the fore at all levels, local, national and European explaining to all the real and serious threat of Brexit on border communities. A community that suffered incredibly throughout the years of the Troubles and continues to struggle economically.
“I have asked Minister Byrne for clarity with regard to the EU Commissions plans for the worst-case scenario. Minister Byrne assured me that there were no plans for any border checks at EU Level however I feel that our border communities need further certainty. Fianna Fail have a Private Members Debate in the Seanad next Wednesday to discuss the actions of the UK Government and the reaction and action of the Government and the European Union.
“We are at a crucial point in our history and how this is managed will be with us for a long time. This Island needs a united voice, no matter whether you are Unionist or Nationalist. It is in all our best interests to act together to protect peace on the island and the communities in the Border Region,” concluded Senator McGreehan.