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Belfast City Council to investigate anti-Brexit posters put up by Sinn Féin

Brexit poster outside the office of MLA Gerry Carroll on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell.

Belfast City Council has said it will investigate all alleged breaches of planning legislation after anti-Brexit posters were put up by Sinn Féin in Belfast.

Dozens of posters opposing Brexit have been put up across the city in recent days.

A spokesman for Belfast City Council said: “All posters of this nature require planning permission, and Belfast City Council will investigate all alleged breaches of planning legislation.”

Sinn Féin say the posters have been put up “in advance of the EU Council summit as negotiations on Brexit and its impact on the future of this island reach a defining point”.

A spokesman for Sinn Féin said the party will continue to oppose a hard Brexit.

“Sinn Féin will continue to campaign against Tory/DUP efforts to impose a hard Brexit on the north and drive our economy over the cliff in pursuit of their narrow and reckless Brexit agenda,” he said.

Anti-Brexit posters on the Falls Road in West Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell.

Earlier this week People Before Profit (PBP) accused the Sinn Féin of putting up a poster that claimed the Socialist Party is in favour of a hard border.

The poster - which did not include any party branding - was put up outside the office of West Belfast MLA Gerry Carroll.

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey responded, saying that PBP, along with the DUP and TUV, failed to support an assembly motion supporting special status for the north.

He said that the party also failed to support a similar motion in the Dail.

“The people of the north voted to remain in the EU and that vote should be respected by the British Tory party and by Gerry Carroll’s People Before Profit,” he said.

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