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The Tories and DUP directly threaten the entire basis of the Good Friday Agreement - Kearney

23 April, 2017 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA, Declan Kearney has said the decision by Theresa May to call the Westminster general election is the clearest indication that the Tory government has now formally disengaged from the political process.

Writing in An Phoblacht, Declan Kearney said: 

“The last two phases of talks showed no evidence that the Tories or the DUP are serious about resolving the issues at the heart of the political crisis.

“Together the DUP and the Tories have become an anti-equality axis, which is the source of the political deadlock. 

“Their anti-equality axis is being defined by support for a hard Brexit, austerity, and opposition to a rights-based framework for government.

“Unless they step back from that position there will be no progress.  

“The decision by Theresa May to call the Westminster general election is the clearest indication that the Tory government has now formally disengaged from the political process here, and has made a strategic decision that its policy towards the North of Ireland does not include re-establishing the political institutions on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.

“British state obligations under the GFA are now subordinate to the primacy of the Tories’ unionist objectives, and influential opposition from the most senior echelons in Britain’s Ministry of Defence and security services against dealing with the legacy of the past. 

“It is becoming more obvious that the Tories and the ‘Westminster Command’ of the DUP share a position that it would be better not having locally based power sharing and all-Ireland political institutions.

“But significantly, it suggests that the announced extension of the talks’ deadline beyond the British general election is just another fiction, because they have already psychologically collapsed that next phase before it even begins.

“In these circumstances the Irish government must clarify; is it prepared to continue aligning itself with a policy of negative, pro-unionist bi-partisanship?

“Is it now prepared to live up to its international obligations by standing up against the Tories and standing up for the equality agenda?

“The Irish government needs to make up its mind what side it is on.”Ends/Críoch

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