Meath and Brexit
Letter to the Editor of the Meath Chronicle
I write to compliment the Meath Chambers of Commerce and local
Business Councils on their public information meeting on the
implications of Brexit – a British withdrawl from the European Union,
in the Headfort Arms Hotel recently.
Amongst many good speakers at the well organised meeting was my party
colleague, former Taoiseach, former EU Council President and former EU
Ambassador to Washington D.C. John Bruton. No one has worked harder
to help build a strong Europe, and keep Ireland as a key player in
that strong Europe.
In these final crucial days of the campaign I urge Meath people,
through the pages of the Chronicle, to make telephone, E-Mail or
social media contact with all of their friends, relatives, business or
other contacts in the North and Britain urging a Remain vote. These
final days do matter. As the late great Tipp O’Neill said in American
politics: “People like to be asked, and they like to be thanked.”
When talking to your friends and acquaintances in the UK remind them
that Meath is part of the crucial M1 corridor between Dublin and
Belfast, one of the most important transport and economic corridors in
Europe. The southern border counties as well as Northern Ireland are
a key market for us, as well as the wider UK. This advantage for Meath
is a key part of the County’s Economic Plan published last year.
Remind them too that the rolling away of borders within the EU and the
various EU backed Peace Funds were crucial to bringing the people of
North and South together in mutual respect and understanding, helping
the momentum for peace and shared Government. We cannot go back ways
after such hard won progress.
if the UK votes to leave on the 23rd June there won’t be border
patrols and customs post put up overnight. But there could be one day.
We will enter into a period of deep political uncertainty for 2 or
more years as the UK and the EU, with Irish involvement, try to figure
out how to deal with the outcome. Political uncertainty breeds
economic uncertainty, and our recovering economy and society need
certainty now more than ever.
And finally Ireland needs a common law and common sense friend in the
EU, to promote an agenda of reform.
Helen McEntee T.D.,
Minister for Mental Health and Older People,