Derek Vaughan MEP

Working hard for Wales in Europe

EU support is vital to maintain peace in Northern Ireland

A report passed by a European Parliament committee yesterday warned continued EU funding is key to the future success of the Northern Ireland peace process.
The report was written by Welsh Labour MEP, Derek Vaughan, on the impact of Cohesion Policy in Northern Ireland. It passed in the Parliament's Regional Development Committee by a huge majority of politicians from almost all political groupings and EU Member States.
Mr Vaughan said: “EU funding in Northern Ireland and the border region is essential, not only economically, but with regards to cross-community relations. That is why my report recommends that PEACE Programme funding and cross border Intereg funds should be maintained post Brexit. It would be unthinkable to let all of the hard work of the past two decades suffer and potentially come undone because of Brexit.

"The Tory Government must also commit to avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, which would absolutely contravene the Good Friday Agreement. Sadly, during a recent visit to the region I was told that attitudes in both communities have hardened since the Brexit decision."


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