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.