Sinn Féin Assembly candidate, Caoimhe Archibald has said it is necessary for the debate on the ‘Brexit’ referendum to be brought much more into public arena.
Speaking following a meeting on the implications of a Brexit for farming, Dr Archibald said,
“One of the things that was clear from this meeting is that there is a need for a lot more information to be disseminated to the general public.
“A lot of the discussion to date has been happening between pundits and politicians but the public needs to become fully engaged. It has to be made relevant to people’s everyday lives.
“Given the austerity agenda currently being pursued by the British Tory Government there are no guarantees that it would replace the €982 million in structural & regional development funds, along with €2.5 billion in CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) related funding, committed by the EU to the north over the next four years.
“Trade arrangements are another very important issue, with 60% of all goods originating in the north being exported to other EU countries, the implications for the future of trading need to be carefully considered as taxation on these goods would inevitable change.
“And of course there is the issue of the free movement of workers, which affects not only those workers from other EU countries who currently reside here but also citizens from here who benefit from these regulations to work throughout the EU.
“On a small island like Ireland this could have severe implications for everyone especially those along the border areas who regularly use services on different sides of the border.
“I would appeal to people to seek out the facts about how an exit from Europe would impact on their lives and communities before casting their vote in the referendum and not to be influenced by high finance media arguments between millionaire Tory ministers” Crioch