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Puttnam repeats appeal for Irish voices on Brexit

March 27th, 2019 7:10 AM

By Southern Star Team

Skibbereen resident Lord Puttnam says Brexit anxiety levels are high

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Skibbereen resident Lord David Puttnam has once again spoken out in the House of Lords in London about what he called the ‘incalculable level of anxiety’ being felt here for fear of a no-deal Brexit. 

He said he wanted to be ‘the voice of the people of the Republic of Ireland’ and explained: ‘I live there and would like to get across to your Lordships the incalculable level of anxiety that has been caused to the people of the Republic of Ireland by our apparent indifference about what happens, for example, in the event of no-deal. I cannot stress that enough.’

Speaking on a debate on trade last week, he added: ‘When noble Lords decide how they wish to vote, I am sure that it will go to a vote, I beg them to consider my neighbours, in particular… small farmers on both sides of the border who are terrified about what will happen should we, by some ridiculous accident, crash out.’

He said he begged for the voice of the Irish people to be added to the debate. 

Fellow Lords acknowledged the points he raised and the feelings of hurt among Irish people. 

In recent weeks, Lord Puttnam described Brexit as the ‘gravest  matter in the 20 years I’ve been here, and probably in my lifetime.’

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