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NI leaders divided in their reaction to Brexit vote

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, with the majority of Northern Ireland voters in favour of remaining in the EU.

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Green Party leader says Brexit consequences will be ‘severe for NI’

Green Party in Northern Ireland leader Steven Agnew said he was devastated at the EU referendum result and has claimed a Brexit will have severe consequences for Northern Ireland.

“Despite Northern Ireland voting Remain, we are being dragged towards the unknown by England,” he said.

“The Leave campaign promised that that money saved would be directed, for example, to the health service.

“The DUP, which has helped lead us into this mess, now needs to stand up and ensure that Northern Ireland receives its fair share of the alleged savings. Local businesses and the environment will suffer and the Green Party will work to ensure the DUP is held to account.

“Already there are reports that the Leave campaign has spun lies and mistruths over immigration and NHS spending. This is disgraceful. I now worry about border controls, human rights and how we will treat immigrants, who contribute to our economy in so many ways.”

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