The Sinn Féin MEP was the man who nominated the organisation for the award along with his fellow party members and MEPS Martina Anderson, Liadh Ní Riada and Lynn Boylan. The nomination was made along with nominations for the group from Independent MEP’s Marian Harkin and Nessa Childers.
Matt Carthy welcomed the award calling it a fantastic endorsement for the work carried out by the group and feels it will only highlight more Irelands concerns about Brexit, He said “The news that Border Communities Against Brexit have won the European Citizen's Award 2017 is a fantastic endorsement of the great work carried out by BCAB and the communities it represents. The presentation of the award will also provide another great opportunity to highlight Irish concerns regarding Brexit at an international level.
He also noted the huge impact the group have had in opposing Brexit and its implications, and says they have been instrumental in fighting a potential hard border, “Border Communities Against Brexit have played a key role in opposing British Tory determination to drag the North of Ireland out of the EU against the democratically expressed wishes of the people there. They have been instrumental in bringing together the key sectors that will be negatively impacted by any Brexit induced hardening of the Irish border - businesses, workers, farmers and civic society.
Mr. Carthy spoke of his party’s delight at the awarding of the prize, saying "Sinn Féin’s MEPs were pleased to be joined by two independent colleagues in nominating BCAB for the citizens prize given its role in providing a voice to communities on both sides of the Irish border who will be adversely affected by Brexit.
He also added that “That they have now been awarded the EU Citizen's Prize is an important recognition of the hard work and dedication of Border Communities Against Brexit in defending democracy and the interests of Irish border communities.
He concluded by stating that the party will continue to support the work of the group, "Sinn Féin will continue
to support the work of Border Communities Against Brexit and to work with them to ensure that the North of Ireland as secures designated special status within the European Union."