Border Communities Against Brexit is staging a demonstration tomorrow (Saturday), February 18, in Dundalk and is encouraging all those living in the Border areas to join in.
The group is seeking to ensure that the North’s democratically expressed wish, by 56% of its people, to remain within the EU is respected.
The protest will take the form of a vehicle ‘go slow’ at 10am for around 40 minutes. It will involve a main demonstration at the M1 Carrickarnon, Dundalk (staging at Ravensdale Car Park) and a White Line Protest at Moybridge Aughnacloy, Lifford Bridge and Bridge End Derry, also at 10am.
Border Communities Against Brexit describes itself as a broad, cross community and non-party-political group. It wants to ensure that the views of local communities are heard when big decisions affecting people’s futures are taken into account in London, Dublin and Brussels.
“The prospect of a new EU frontier, stretching from Dundalk to Derry some 300 miles, is not acceptable to those of us living and working in border areas, North or South,” said a spokesperson for the group.
It’s estimated that North-South trade was worth more than €6 billion in 2014 and that 1.85m cars, 177,000 lorries and 208,000 light vans cross the border each month.
“In the past two weeks we have been angered at the lack of any thought or understanding in Westminster on how a hard Brexit will affect the Border Communities of Ireland.
“We do not believe what we are being told from Westminster that a Hard Border will not happen; Westminster is bluffing us, European experts reject this,” said the spokesperson.