Local voice not being heard on Brexit, Armstrong tells Pensioners’ Parliament

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong has told the Pensioners’ Parliament Northern Ireland’s voice is not being heard in the Brexit negotiations due to the lack of a functioning Assembly.

The Strangford MLA was participating in the Brexit discussion session of the parliament, which works to allow older people their say on ongoing issues. Elected representatives present at the event were quizzed on a range of topics related to Brexit, including the future of the Senior Smartpass, the existence of the European Health Insurance Card and Northern Ireland being represented in discussions.

“This was an important event to showcase the voices of older people in our society, who have their own concerns and issues when it comes to the matter of Brexit. We discussed how Brexit will affect their particular circumstances, as well as the growing impact of the lack of an Executive is having on services here.

“It was also outlined how the voice of Northern Ireland is not being heard as it ought to be in the Brexit negotiations, as not only is there no functioning Executive but no cohesive agreed position has been agreed between the parties here.

“Alliance has continued to engage with the public and private sector, including businesses and people working and living in border communities, and have worked to develop proposals to mitigate as far as possible the damage Brexit will do to our economy.

“We have taken those proposals to Brussels, Dublin and London, meeting with senior figures, but no matter how much we do as a party, I made it very clear at today’s event it would be more effective with a functioning Executive and Assembly, especially if an agreed cross-party position could be agreed.”

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