McGuinness: Hard borders with Europe would be ‘hugely damaging’ to Northern Ireland

“Northern Ireland is Brexit collateral damage,” said Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, and a leader of the Irish republican party, Sinn Fein.

McGuinness, who was instrumental in bringing about the Good Friday peace agreement said Northern Ireland voted overwhelmingly to say in the EU.

He argues that the country should receive special treatment, and must avoid the return of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland – a position supported by the Irish Prime Minister, Enda Kenny.

McGuinness was in Brussels to rally support for Northern Ireland’s position as the British Government prepares to negotiate the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Subscribe to our newsletters