‘Brexit is economic equivalent of 9/11’

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Inishowen has reacted with horror to Britain’s decision to pull out of the European Union.

The Leave result has already weakened Sterling and there is likely to be further grim news for the Inishowen economy with growing uncertainty around trade restrictions and border controls set to hamper business here.

Cross-border worker Lynda Hegarty, from Buncrana, described ‘Brexit’ as the ‘economic equivalent of 9/11’.

“I really fear what this will mean for the local economy.”

“However, more importantly, I worry about what this will mean for my two young children and all the other children growing up in this region; education, access to health, jobs, emigration, freedom to travel.”

Culdaff haulier George Mills says our economy will be ‘dragged down’ by the fallout from Brexit.

There are fears too that cross-border deals, such as the one for the new Altnagelvin radiotherapy unit, could be in jeopardy.

However Noelle Duddy, of Cooperating for Cancer Care North West, revealed that the lobby group ‘remains optimistic’ that Britain’s decision to quit the EU will not impact Donegal patients.

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