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MEPís visit West Belfast Partnership Board to discuss implications of BREXIT

Tuesday 11th of April 2017




On Friday 31st March, Members of the European Parliament visited West Belfast Partnership Board, to explore the potential implications Brexit will have on West Belfast, and the effects already being felt within the community. The delegation was led by Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson, and consisted of other members of the GUE/NGL European Group, including their president Gabi Zimmer, and members from a variety of countries including Germany, Greece and the Basque Country.

GUE/NGL is a confederal group comprising 52 MEP’s from 19 different political delegations and 14 Member States of the European Union, plus four independent members.

Among attendance were members from across the community sector, business sector and local political representatives, including Paul Maskey, MP. Jim Girvan of the West Belfast Partnership Board chaired the discussion and welcomed the visitors to West Belfast. People were then given the opportunity to inform the MEP’s of the devastating impacts Brexit has already had on their organisations and raised future concerns.

Gabi Zimmer, president of the GUE/NGLvoiced her opinion that both the Irish and British Government has got to do more and spoke of how little pressure she felt from either Governments to support the people here in the North. She also went on to say;

“The European Union must have a leading role in the Irish peace process. The Good Friday Agreement needs to be fully respected. No borders, no barriers in Ireland”

Martina Anderson, Sinn Féin explained; “The MEPs, as they continue on this fact-finding mission, will be able to take the concerns of local communities about Brexit and bring them back to the heart of the European Parliament.”

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