Mairead McGuinness, MEP for Monaghan and first Vice-President of the European Parliament, paid an official visit to Killanny National School, Carrickmacross on Friday last (10th November) where she spoke with the pupils about the European Parliament and European Affairs.
Ms McGuinness said it was great to chat to the very engaged fifth and six class pupils who had interesting views on Brexit and on politics.
“Brexit and its likely outcome was very much to the fore of their thoughts as many of these children come from a border county and the they know only too well the consequences if things go wrong.”
“These young people worry about this uncertainty, about how it will affect them now and in the future.
“It was refreshing to listen to their questions and insights,” she added.
“To avoid problems in Ireland, the UK must remain within the Customs Union, meaning that no customs duties would apply and the same rules and standards would apply. After all there are countries like Monaco which are not members of the EU but are part of the Customs Union.”
“Otherwise tariffs post Brexit in a worst-case scenario could reach 50pc particularly in the agri-food area,” she said.