‘Go slow’ border protest planned

A campaigner protesting over the impact Brexit will have locally.
A campaigner protesting over the impact Brexit will have locally.

A major ‘Go Slow’ rally will take place at the border between Derry and Bridgend on Saturday to highlight the reality of what Brexit could mean for local people.

Derry based campaign group Breaking Down Brexit are planning an hour-long rally at the border crossing point from 10am, and have urged local people to attend.

The event will consist of the mock custom post being erected, and people with large banners and placards carrying the message ‘No Brexit - No Border’ will be on the side of the road.

Speaking ahead of the rally Dermot O’Hara, Breaking Down Brexit spokesperson said: “We are holding it on a Saturday morning to lessen any disruption and to keep the issues of Brexit flagged up in the media, particularly before the election.

“Also this will give people an indication of the reality of Brexit and with all the possible disruption that will bring on the border.”

There will be another rally on Saturday at Lifford, as well as others along the border at Carrickarnon, Aughnacloy, Moybridge, Aghalane and Belcoo.

Mr O’Hara said: “We are asking people to raise the Brexit issue with candidates in the forthcoming election and ask them how they propose to deal with the negative impact it will have on the economy, on cross border workers, on road transport, the farming community, the human rights of people, the loss of funding into the community sector and the subsequent loss of jobs and services in this most deprived area in the north of Ireland.”

The Breaking Down Brexit group are a broad, cross community and non-party-political group and invite anyone who shares their concerns to join with them in building an effective campaign.

They have come together to ensure that the North’s democratically expressed wish by 56% of its people is to remain within the EU is respected.

The group wants to ensure that the views of local communities are heard when big decisions affecting their futures are taken in London, Dublin and Brussels.

They have warned that the prospect of a new EU frontier, stretching from Dundalk to Derry some 300 miles, is not acceptable to those living and working in border areas, north or south and this “Go Slow” is to give voice to people.