Blacklion protest planned over Brexit dispute

Demonstrations will take place at a number of locations.

Protests are to be held across the border this Saturday opposing threats to trigger Article 16.

Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) has announced the demonstrations to protest the threat by the British Government as part of ongoing disputes over Brexit.

The group has said Boris Johnson’s Government has been pursuing a “reckless course” in negotiations with the EU around the Protocol, including threats to trigger Article 16, with its Chair, Declan Fearon, highly critical:

“Recent British Government statements and actions are posing a very direct threat to the Peace Process, the all-island economy and raising once again the horrific prospect of a return to a Hard Border in Ireland. We are calling on Boris Johnson to back off, and to Protect and implement the Protocol.”

BCAB says many businesses, students, farmers and others are actively benefiting from the protocol, with “thousands of jobs being created”.

“Communities along the border are determined not to be dragged back to the past. It is shocking after years of Brexit uncertainty for Border Communities, that a deal which was signed only a very short time ago is being torn apart”, said Declan Fearon.

The protests, planned for five locations along the border - including Blacklion/Belcoo - will take place on Saturday. They’ll take place at 3pm.

They’ll also take place at Flurry Bridge in Carrickcarnon, Moybridge outside Aughnacloy, Lifford Bridge and at Bridgend in Derry.