Thousands attend Border Communities Against Brexit protests against possible return of a hard border to the island of Ireland

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Thousands attend Border Communities Against Brexit protests against possible return of a hard border to the island of Ireland

Protestors attended rallies across the border including Blacklion/Belcoo

Thousands of people from the border areas came out to protest against the negative impact that a hard Brexit will have on the region last Saturday , March 30.

A number of protests were held in locations along the border including Blacklion/Belcoo and Croke Park (prior to the division 4 league final).

In a statement issued following the protest, Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB) noted: “The staggering mess that hard Brexit supporting politicians have managed to deliver in the past week with the failure of the Tory government supported by the DUP, means we have more uncertainty.

“Europe look on bewildered at the lack of cross-party consensus and the continual political infighting with horror.

“We in Border Communities Against Brexit have a clear message, (Northern Ireland) voted to remain and we support the withdrawal agreement. It is far from perfect, it is not close to being a good a deal as remaining in the EU, but it does give us all certainty for the future.”

BCAB said that their representatives hailed from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community and all had the same message, “we will not accept a hard border, we demand that our rights be respected, and most importantly the Irish government cannot leave those in border communities and in the North behind.”

The group concluded by stating that no dilution of the Backstop would be accepted.