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Brexit: Efforts underway to recall Northern Ireland Assembly for an urgent meeting

Published 24/06/2016

Efforts underway to recall Northern Ireland Assembly for an urgent meeting over the implications of Brexit
Efforts underway to recall Northern Ireland Assembly for an urgent meeting over the implications of Brexit

The Alliance Party has tabled a motion calling for an urgent meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly to discuss the impact of leaving the EU.

The United Kingdom took part in an historic vote to leave the EU on Thursday, with a tight result where 52% voted leave and 48% voted remain.

Northern Ireland and Scotland voted to remain, however the overall UK vote tipped the final result in favour of leave.

How the UK voted in 2016 EU referendum [infographic]

Prime Minister David Cameron - who had campaigned for the UK to remain - will step down in October, saying he feels "fresh leadership" is needed.

Secretary of State Theresa Villiers has rejected Sinn Fein's call for a border poll in the wake of a referendum result.

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Now the Alliance Party has tabled a motion calling for an urgent meeting of the assembly to address the impact on Northern Ireland after the UK's decision to leave the EU.

North Down MLA Stephen Farry said he fears Northern Ireland is facing financial turmoil as a result of the vote.

"Northern Ireland has backed the Remain campaign, yet we are facing years of financial turmoil in the aftermath of the UK's decision to leave the EU," he said.

"The First Minister and deputy first Minister must immediately outline their plan to address the severe consequences now facing everyone in Northern Ireland.

"We are in unchartered waters and today I am calling for all MLAs to join Alliance in letting the concerns of the majority here who backed Remain be heard."

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