Campbell says Brexit meetings planned with Cameron and Kenny

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DUP MP Gregory Campbell has hailed the people power that achieved a Brexit victory last week whilst reassuring those worried about the future that top level meetings between Arlene Foster, David Cameron and Enda Kenny are planned in the days ahead.

“In recent years there has been mounting opposition not just in the UK but across Europe to the structures and corruption within the EU,” he said.

“At the very heart of the EU lies the Eurozone where youth unemployment averages more than 40 per cent.

“The elite and powerful campaigned for a Remain vote but the voters of the UK (over 17 million) have rejected them and demanded that our Government listen to their views,” added Mr Campbell.

The DUP MP also said that there is no need for an over-reaction in the wake of the vote.

“There will now be a period of two or two and a half years to adjust so there is no need whatever for knee jerk reactions. We must plan and prepare for a better brighter future, and hopefully other Nation States currently in the EU will do likewise.

“As far as Northern Ireland in concerned the First Minister has already spoken to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State. The Executive will meet on Wednesday and discussions have already been held between NI Executive Ministers. Work has been on going for some time to identify new opportunities in the event of a leave vote,” said the East Londonderry MP.

“Senior Officials are travelling to Brussels this week to talk to their European counterparts. Invest Northern Ireland is working to reassure local business leaders and is confident that our international offering remains attractive given the type of Foreign Direct Investment we are seeking to secure.

“The First Minister will be seeking a meeting with the PM. A meeting will also be held with the Irish PM, Enda Kenny, next Monday, July 4 to commence discussions on the nature of the relationship between NI and the Irish Republic as we move forward.

“While others seek to engage in recriminations about the facts of the vote we will work at Stormont, in Westminster and using our influence in Europe to build for the future, provide stable leadership at home and reassure those concerned that Northern Ireland will continue to be an excellent place to do business. The opportunities vastly outweigh any short term uncertainties,” he said.