1 July 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The shock result of the so-called “Brexit” referendum last week was one of the topics debated at the June meeting of Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Municipal District, which took place in Carrickmacross Civic Offices on Monday morning.

Brexit was the main theme of newly-elected Cathaoirleach Aidan Campbell’s very topical speech when he took the chair.

Councillor Campbell observed that Ireland and the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC) together back in 1973.

“The political and economic aftershock of Brexit is becoming apparent in Ireland, particular as the UK was one of our biggest trading partners with several local blue chip companies with mostly British exposure being affected,” the chairman observed.

“A large number of argi-food related businesses in this area also export to the UK and to Northern Ireland and there is going to be a knock-on effect,” he continued, adding: “There is a large cross-border trade with goods travelling both ways and both economies are now in aftershock.”

The Cathaoirleach observed that Ireland is the only country within the European Union (EU) to share a land border with the UK. Brexit may lead to an external EU border on the island of Ireland, which could disrupt cross-border co-operation and trade, he added.

Whether or not there will be a customs border remains unclear, he stated. Brexit also threw up questions about passport controls — would there still be a Common Travel Area and would EU citizens still be allowed to travel without visas?, he asked.

With regard to Northern Ireland, the public representative stated that the EU..

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