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'DUP don't speak for the majority' - O'Neill

9 October, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


The unionist parties currently in Brussels do not represent the majority view on Brexit, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin Vice President was commenting after DUP Leader Arlene Foster reiterated her ‘blood red line’, ruling out any post-Brexit checks on the Irish Sea in order to avoid a hard border in Ireland.“The DUP do not speak for the majority of people here on Brexit, just as they do not on a range of social issues, including the rights of women, Irish speakers, victims and the LGBT community.“I also believe that Arlene Foster’s so-called blood red lines are out of step with many in the unionist community who are growing increasingly concerned at the DUP’s willingness to endanger our economy in order to avoid an imaginary line on the Irish Sea.“Last week I, along with the leaders of the SDLP, Alliance and Green Party, met with Michel Barnier.“We did so as the majority voice of the people here.“All those parties made it clear made it clear that, in terms of Brexit, the DUP should not have a veto.“We also re-iterated our common position that the ‘backstop’ as already agreed must be maintained and is the absolute bottom line for Sinn Féin, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party as we enter the endgame of the Brexit negotiations.”

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