SDLP Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone
welcomed Europe Minister Helen McEntee to Cookstown this week.
Minister McEntee provided an update on Brexit with a particular emphasis on
the economy, agriculture, funding programmes and citizen’s rights.
Mr McGlone said, “Brexit is the single
biggest constitutional and economic earthquake to hit this island for a
generation. As negotiations between the British Government and the European
Commission continue, the threat of a hard border in Ireland and the impact
that would have on our communities, our economy and our political
dispensation loom large.
“I’m delighted to be welcoming
Minister McEntee to Cookstown to discuss the impact of Brexit on trade, on
the agri-food sector and citizen’s rights.
“This forms part of a continued
dialogue the SDLP has been having with Irish Government Ministers and
parties in the south to avoid a hard border on this island. The solution
remains simple – the North should retain access to the Single Market and
membership of the Customs Union."
Minister for European Affairs Helen
McEntee TD said, “I was pleased to be invited to this meeting in Tyrone this
evening to engage with members of the community, hear their concerns on the
impact of Brexit on their lives and livelihoods, and reaffirm the
Government’s commitment to protecting peace and prosperity on this island.”
At the meeting Minister McEntee also
expressed the Irish government's welcome of the recommitment by the British
Prime Minister last Friday that there will be no return to a hard border on
the island of Ireland."