Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has called on the Government to move quickly to reassure Europe that Ireland remains committed to the Union following Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
Deputy Smyth commented, “The decision of UK voters to leave the EU is a massive disappointment and a truly seismic event. This result will have a massive impact on people across the island of Ireland but the fallout will be felt more acutely in the border area. There is no clarity on the issue of border controls, which will affect workers and students who travel across the border every day, and there is now an air of unease and uncertainty about what may be coming down the road.
“There is also a shadow of doubt now over the peace funding which has been so vital in rebuilding communities affected by the Troubles. The fact that both the UK and Ireland were members of the EU greatly enhanced the social, political and economic progress that has been made North and South over the past two decades.
It’s unclear how this peace and stability model will progress now that Britain has opted to leave.
“It is crucially important that the Irish Government moves to reassure the international community that we remain committed to our European membership and to constructive relations with the UK”.