Union addresses Brexit and border

BrexSympoIMPACT is organising a symposium on Brexit and the border with Northern Ireland later this month. The event will consider whether the border has simply become a Brexit-deal bargaining chip, or whether it’s just evidence of a failure to consider the consequences of the Brexiteers’ folly.

IMPACT branch representative and members are being invited to register for the symposium, which brings together an impressive line-up of speakers from unions, civil society organisations, business, farming and politics. It takes place in Letterkenny on Friday 24th November.

IMPACT official Richy Carrothers, who is hosting the event along with Siptu, said Brexit was the greatest single threat to the normalisation of life on both sides of the border. “The border runs for nearly 500km from Lough Swilly in Derry to Carlingford Lough in Louth. Tens of thousands of people cross it freely everyday – students, shoppers, tourists, commuters, school children, hauliers and, of course, workers.

“The fact that it’s crossed 110 million times a year is a practical expression of the normalisation of politics on this island, which was reflected in Northern Ireland’s majority referendum vote to remain in the EU. Now the British government is in the process of dismantling the rights and entitlements of EU citizenship and all that brings,” he said.

You can read Richy’s feature on Brexit and the border in the latest edition of IMPACT’s magazine Work & Life HERE.

See the full symposium programme HERE and register by emailing IMPACT Sligo. Please put ‘Brexit Symposium’ in the email subject line. Or you can call 071-914-2400.