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Border Communities Against Brexit held a protest on Friday night 31 January at Carrickarnon to speak out about Brexit on the night that the \UK formally left the European Union.

Several hundred attended the demonstration on a damp and breezy night to listen to speakers including Andrea Murphy from Our Future Our Choice and Declan Fearon and Damian McGenity from Border Communities Against Brexit.

Speaking Damian said "On Friday night we were dragged out of the European Union against our will.Brexit does not have the support of the people in Ireland. Whilst the current deal means that there will be no hard infrastructure at the border, many threats and serious challenges remain.

Several hundred people attended the Border Communities Against Brexit protest at Carrickarnon tonight. Andrea Murphy from Our Future Our Choice is pictured speaking while Declan Feron, Border Communities Against Brexit looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Several hundred people attended the Border Communities Against Brexit protest at Carrickarnon tonight. Andrea Murphy from Our Future Our Choice is pictured speaking while Declan Fearon, Border Communities Against Brexit looks on. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

"Because of our campaign, special measures are in place to ensure no border roads are closed. Without those special measure Border roads would be sealed off, with only a handful left open. Brexit in any form is bad for citizen’s, our economy, our Peace and our future. Brexit still means that rights and protections will be reduced. Workers’ Rights, Citizens Rights, EU Representation are all being reduced or removed against our will. Opportunities for our young people will disappear and essential funding streams will be lost, including payments under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

"The interests of Ireland and the rights of citizens’ in the North must be front and centre of negotiations on the future relationship between the EU and Britain. The
lobbying profile and activity of Border Communities Against Brexit, with the support of people across the island like you here tonight, helped to ensure that there
will be no hard border in Ireland."

Explaining the need for continued pressure Mr McGenity added "Border counties political representative’s need to keep up the pressure to ensure that the Irish Government continues to stand up for our interests and those of ALL the people in the North. Brexit is not, and should not, be an Orange and Green issue. Religion or identity will not in the slightest mitigate against the Economic or Social hardship which leaving the EU will bring. Without any doubt whatsoever Brexit will make All of Us Poorer.

"BCAB will closely monitor the Future trade talks and we be watching closely to ensure that adequate protections are being included in these trade negotiations.The Good Friday Agreement is the bedrock of our Precious Peace Process. Let’s talk in a respectful way about how we can build upon it. Let’s talk about a new shared Ireland where we can all be full members of the EU."

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