10 Aug 2022

Derry MEP says no border crossings without new driving permit plan shows disastrous impact of Brexit

MEP Martina Anderson speaking to the Press. (Photo - Tom Heaney, nwpresspics)
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the Tory admission that drivers in the north will need an international driving permit to drive across the border in the event of a no-deal Brexit shows the disastrous impact Brexit will have on the north and how little the British government cares. Martina Anderson said: "Following the publication of the latest tranche of scenarios for a no-deal Brexit, it has emerged that drivers in the north will no longer be able to drive across the border without an International Driving Permit. "This shows the ludicrousness of the Tory Brexit agenda and also how little knowledge, appreciation or care they have for people in areas like Derry, which is essentially a cross-border city, and the many thousands across the north who drive across the border every day to work or study. "It also begs the question of how this will be enforced and raises legitimate concerns over lengthy border delays if permits are to be checked. "Such a development would be disastrous for businesses, particularly small businesses in border areas, and could have huge implications for the tourism and service industries north and south. "The papers also show that important EU funding streams for agriculture, infrastructure and energy will come to an end, as well as access to EU study programmes, with some ending as soon as Britain leaves the EU in march 2019 if there is no deal. "In all, there is nothing to allay anyone's fears over Brexit in these papers. Instead it adds to the uncertainty with the only thing we do know for sure is that Tory Brexiteers do not care about the north and never did."

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