‘Return of hard border would be a nightmare’

Gerry Kelly MLA and Martina Anderson MEP at the mock Customs post as part of the Anti Brexit Campaign at Bridgend

Gerry Kelly MLA and Martina Anderson MEP at the mock Customs post as part of the Anti Brexit Campaign at Bridgend

Brexit protesters gather for Bridgend rally

An estimated three to four hundred people attended a rally against Brexit at Bridgend on Saturday afternoon.

Protesters gathered to voice their growing concern at the potential reinstatement of controlled border crossings here following the UK’s decision to quit the EU.

The demonstration included a staged reenactment of a customs post, with would-be officers searching cars and stopping traffic.

It was arranged by an umbrella group called Border Communities Against Brexit, and was attended by a number of local groups, including Co-operating for Cancer Care North West and the Pink Ladies, as well as a number of high-profile Sinn Fein figures, including Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MEP Martina Anderson, MLA Gerry Kelly and SDLP leader Colm Eastwood.

Local Sinn Fein politicians, including Senator Padraig MacLochlainn and county councillors, Albert Doherty and Jack Murray also attended.

Cllr Murray says a return of a ‘hard border’ here would be a ‘total nightmare’.

“Inishowen is one of the places in Europe that will be most impacted by Brexit and we must keep the pressure on to press for a special case to be made for this region.”

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Donna Roddy