SINN Féin’s Karen Mullan has said “reckless British government Brexit policy” has created huge uncertainty for the business community in the border area.
She was speaking following a visit to the E+I Engineering plant at Burnfoot with Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD.
Said the Foyle MLA: “I visited their plant at Burnfoot this week along with Donegal TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.
“We got a tour of the factory and met with the owner Philp O’Doherty.
“E+I is one of the region’s biggest employers sitting on the border with 1200 employees at the Burnfoot site and 200 employees in Derry, with a breakdown of the workforce being 60% from Derry and 40% the Inishowen area.
“We viewed health and safety measures at the plant.
“The company has taken a number of steps to ensure the safety of their staff in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“We walked around the factory, saw what is produced there and heard concerns of the impact of Covid and Brexit on our local economy across the border in the North West region.
“The reckless British government Brexit policy has created huge uncertainty for the business community in the border area and across the island.
“Businesses need certainty on how they are going to be able to trade post-Brexit and need assurances the impact and cost of this disastrous policy which is being foisted upon us will be minimised.
“We were very impressed at how the business has grown and the talent of local people employed in the company.
“Nearly everything is done in house along with the recycling and reuse of waste of materials.
“It’s important that we support and wish the company well in both sustaining and creating jobs here,” she added.