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"Madam President, I would like to remind the Commissioner, just days after the western world has celebrated 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, that in Belfast security walls still stand and divide communities. We may have some form of peace but where is the prosperity? In the same month that the UK was handed the GBP 1.7 billion bill by the European Union, Northern Ireland had to borrow GBP 100 million from the British Treasury in order to meet next year’s budget. Northern Ireland also has the highest rate of unemployment in the UK. May I therefore suggest that rather than the UK handing over GBP 55 million every single day to the European Union, a proportion of that money is spent in Northern Ireland where it is so badly needed. Peace is great, and we can all agree on that, but I believe that we have left Northern Ireland in an economic wilderness following the end of this bloody war. Therefore in my opinion, all of the peace sponsors – the UK, the Irish Republic, the Americans, the European Union – have failed financially to assist lasting peace, and more still needs to be done."@en1

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