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Citizen’s Prize for anti-Brexit group

Representatives from the anti-Brexit campaign group, Border Communities Against Brexit (BCAB), attended an event in Brussels on Wednesday last, where they were presented with the European Parliament Citizen’s Prize.

The Citizen’s Prize is awarded annually to individuals or groups in recognition of projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation or promote mutual understanding and EU values. 

BCAB was nominated for the prize by Matt Carthy MEP, Liadh Ni Riada MEP, Lynn Boylan MEP, Marian Harkin MEP and Nessa Childers in light of its tireless efforts and extensive lobbying in seeking to preserve the rights of citizens living on both sides of the border, when Britain exits the EU.

Speaking earlier this year when the winners were announced, Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson said the group represents a range of sectors  and has been instrumental in bringing together the key sectors that will be negatively impacted by any Brexit-induced hardening of the Irish border – businesses, workers, farmers and civic society.

“For a group established less than one year, they have lobbied extensively engaging with key players in Brussels, Leinster House, the Assembly, Westminster and Councils. They have reached thousands of Europeans,” she said.

“It is an honour for Sinn Féin to promote the work undertaken by this relatively small but hugely effective group which deserved the accolade of EU Citizens award.”

Members of BCAB represent a range of business, community and farming sectors and oppose the imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland because of Brexit negotiations.  The group campaigns against the loss of farm incomes, PEACE funding and trade and investment, as well as barriers to third level education and the hardships for all people needing to cross the border on a daily basis.