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British Government’s Brexit intentions ‘contradict their rhetoric on the north of Ireland’ – McDonald

4 March, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the reiteration by the British Government of their intention to leave the customs union and the single market completely contradicts Theresa May’s statement that she does not want to undermine the Good Friday Agreement.

Teachta McDonald said:

“With the clocking ticking on the negotiations, the British Prime Minister Theresa May continues to state that she does not want to undermine the Good Friday Agreement and opposes a Hard border in Ireland. However, this rhetoric is contradicted by stated intentions of the British government.

“The only clarity from the British government is a reiteration of their intention to leave the customs union and the single market, regardless of the impact on the north.

“Mrs May cares nothing for the democratic will of the people in the north to stay in the EU

“The Irish Government must now act to ensure the ‘cast iron guarantees’ they claimed to have achieved in December are now enacted.

“Tomorrow, I will lead a Sinn Féin delegation to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels. I will raise our shared concerns of safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement and ensuring no return to a hard border, so as to protect all Ireland co-operation and the rights of citizens in the North.

“We believe that special status for the north within the EU is the only way to achieve these shared objectives.” 

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