‘DUP-Tory pact cannot be allowed to poison Brexit talks’ - Maskey
The toxic alliance between the DUP and Tory party, cannot be allowed to poison the Brexit negotiations, Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey has said.
The West Belfast MP was speaking at a Brexit protest in Stormont ahead of the latest EU Council summit gets underway in Brussels. He was joined by Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew and party Brexit spokesperson Máirtín Ó Muilleoir MLA to hand in a letter of protest to British Government officials.
“In 2016 the people of the north voted to reject Brexit and remain in the EU,” Paul Maskey said.
“They did so because they realised Brexit will be a disaster for the north, for our economy, for jobs, for manufacturers and our agri-food industry, socially, culturally and for our rights.
“It also threatens to undermine the Good Friday Agreement and damage our peace process.
“We cannot allow that to happen. The North cannot stand exclusion from the EU.
“The DUP do not speak for the people of the North on Brexit. They cannot be allowed to poison the Brexit negotiations and drive us over a ‘no-deal’ cliff edge as a result of their toxic alliance with the Tories and their long-standing desire to dismantle the Good Friday Agreement.
“The British Government, as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement must not let that happen as a result of their axis with the DUP.
“It must honour the agreement it has made on the backstop and ensure the rights of the people of the north are protected from Brexit.”