NI civic society organisations say no Brexit deal without an NI protocol

9 Sep 2019 Geoff Nuttall    Last updated: 12 Sep 2019

Civic society organisations from across Northern Ireland are calling for an NI protocol to be an essential element of any Brexit deal 

On the 2nd August, NICVA hosted a major gathering of Northern Ireland civic society organisations from the voluntary and community, business, trade union and farming sectors to discuss the growing and widespread concerns about the impending threat of a no deal Brexit.  On the back of these discussions, the following organisations from across NI civic society have issued this joint statement - 

“The UK leaving the EU without a deal would have catastrophic consequences for Northern Ireland’s economy, environment, and society, given its unique geographic, economic, and political circumstances.  We believe a Northern Ireland protocol to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland must be an essential prerequisite for any withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU and an essential minimum requirement for UK withdrawal from the EU.”

NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action)

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

CBI Northern Ireland

Belfast Chamber of Commerce

MPANI (Mineral Products Association Northern Ireland)

COSTA (Community Organisations of South Tyrone & Areas)

Social Enterprise NI

Newry & Mourne Co-operative & Enterprise Agency

Women in Business NI

Manufacturing NI

Children In Northern Ireland

Finesse Solutions

Community Foundation Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Food and Drink Association

Northern Ireland Environment Link

Ashton Community Trust

NI Youth Forum

Northern Ireland Freight Transport Association

NI Tourism Alliance

Voluntary Arts Ireland

Northern Ireland Hotels Federation

Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association

LORAG (Lower Ormeau Resident's Action Group)

Northern Ireland Youth Forum

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by Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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