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There can be no backsliding on the backstop – O’Neill

12 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O'Neill said today there could be no backsliding on the EU backstop.

The Sinn Féin Vice President was speaking after she and leaders of the SDLP, the Alliance Party and the Green Party met with the main Westminster opposition parties.

Michelle O'Neill said:

"Today’s meetings were the latest in a series of engagements and initiatives which the parties have taken together to underline that the majority of people in the north are opposed to Brerxit. 

"The DUP and British government do not represent or speak for the cross-community majority of people who voted against Brexit. 

"We met the main Westminster parties including the leader of the Opposition Jeremey Corbyn, Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ian Blackwood the SNP Leader at Westminster and Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts.

"This will be followed by a meeting with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Wednesday.

"The willingness of the opposition parties to engage with the representatives of majority of the people in the North is in sharp contrast to the arrogance and disregard shown by Theresa May and her Tory government who refuses to meet us.

"The Brexit negotiations are now in a crucial phase and this is another crucial show of unity.

"The ‘backstop’ as already agreed must be maintained and there can be no backsliding from that position. That’s the message we brought to the Labour Leader and the other parties.

"A permanent backstop is the absolute bottom line as we enter the endgame of the Brexit negotiation process on Britain’s Withdrawal Agreement with the EU27. 

“The British government can not be allowed to unilaterally withdraw from the backstop."

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