Border Communities Against Brexit held a Day of Action at six locations along the border corridor in opposition to the recent referendum on British withdrawal from the European Union.
Speaking at the Belcoo/Blacklion protest, Leitrim Tourism representative JJ O'Hara said,“Today’s action is a response to a growing concern that Brexit will result in a hard border. Last weekend’s comments from British Prime Minister Theresa May has fuelled these concerns.
“Both the British and Irish Governments have stated publicly that they do not wish to see the reintroduction of border control and customs posts. This may be irrelevant as it is not up to them alone to determine.“We do not want any barriers or reinforced borders on the island of Ireland. We have come together to ensure that the North’s vote to remain within the EU is respected.
“We want to ensure that the views of local communities are heard when big decisions affecting our futures are taken in London, Dublin and Brussels.
“We cannot allow the progress of the last twenty years in breaking down barriers to be thrown away as a result of Brexit. The majority of people in the North of Ireland have clearly stated that they do not want to leave the EU and Theresa May needs to respect this democratic mandate.“The concerns of small, peripheral border communities, workers and businesses like those familiar to ours might not be at the top of the agenda for Theresa May right now but we can and will change this.
“We need every single elected representative, no matter which party they represent, to stand with us on these demands."
A representative of Leitrim Tourist Network, JJ O'Hara continued, “The uncertainty caused by the Brexit referendum result is already damaging trade and investment and causing currency fluctuations which are impacting on cross-Border business.
“But this will be nothing compared to the hardships we will experience with the imposition of tariffs and the restriction of the free movement of goods, services and people on this island. For decades communities divided and isolated; these communities have still not fully recovered.
“Together we can make this campaign a success. We can ensure our voices are listened and our rights are upheld. We can ensure a prosperous future for our region. We can ensure our communities are not divided by an EU border. We will stand up for the votes of people in the North to be respected.”