Complete change needed in British economic and political policy towards North - Kearney
Sinn Féin National Chairperson and South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney said a complete change is needed in British government economic and political policy towards the North.
Mr Kearney said:
“The only reason there is any engagement taking place between the Tory government and the DUP is because of a thundering miscalculation by Theresa May who got an election result she did not expect.
“Anything being discussed by the DUP and the British government is incidental to the need for a reestablishment of the political institutions here on the proper basis.
“There must be an end to British government/unionist partisanship in relation to how it engages with the political process.
“We are in the midst of a deep political crisis here in the North. That will only be addressed by ensuring that the current third round of talks now proceeds to a successful conclusion through the implementation of all remaining outstanding issues.
“So there must be a complete end to Tory austerity policies in the North. The Good Friday Agreement must be protected and implemented. And the Brexit challenge will not be addressed by some kind of sweetheart deal between the DUP and the British government, but only through securing designated special status for the north and the island of Ireland.
“The reality is that the DUP are engaged with a Tory government that is absolutely wedded to the austerity programme and which has been consistently hostile to the Good Friday Agreement.
“In the course of the last seven years this same Tory government has raided a billion pounds net from the block grant here in the North so putting our public services under pressure, resulting in pay freezes for public sector workers and the undermining of workers’ terms and conditions.
“What we need is a complete change in British government economic and political policy towards the North."