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Arlene Foster Brexit statement 'different in tone, but not policy' – O’Neill

13 January, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


Speaking in response to Arlene Fosters remarks today at the Killarney Economic Conference, Sinn Féin’s northern leader Michelle O’Neill said:

“I welcome the acknowledgement by Arlene Foster in Killarney today that our economy, community, and future, North and South, are interlinked and interdependent.

“However, this cannot distract from the fact that Brexit will be disastrous for all of Ireland. There is no good Brexit. Today was a difference in tone, but not in policy.

“The DUP leader has said she is opposed to a hard border and open to novel solutions.

“What is required is for the cross-community vote in the north to be respected and for the North to have designated special status within the EU. We cannot withstand exclusion from the single market or customs union. That is the position of the majority in the North and the position of the Dáil. That is the way forward.

“Words alone will not stop the damage of Brexit. Sinn Féin is open to working with all parties to secure the future for which the people voted for; that is a future in Europe, with the rights of citizens respected and our economy protected.

“The DUP need to put the interests of all our people before party, and set aside the Brexit blank cheque they issued to the Tories as part of their supply and confidence agreement.” 

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