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Mary Lou McDonald TD and Michelle O'Neill MLA to meet Michel Barnier in Brussels

8 January, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD and Vice President Michelle O'Neill MLA will travel to Brussels tomorrow for a series of meetings, including with the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, and senior MEPs.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mary Lou McDonald said:

"As the Brexit deadline looms and the dysfunctionality and denial at Westminster continues, Michelle O'Neill and I will be travelling to Brussels for a series of key meetings.

"We will be meeting with the EU's Chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier and senior MEPs from various political blocs in the European Parliament and members of the Brexit Steering Group.

"We will be making it clear in all of those meetings that neither the DUP nor the British government speak for the people of the north. The majority of people of the north voted to reject Brexit. The DUP and the British Government cannot be allowed to undermine our peace agreements, economy or rights of citizens. There can be no hard border in Ireland.

"The backstop option already agreed between the EU and British government cannot be set aside.

"It is important that the EU and Irish government continue to ensure that Irish interests are maintained in the coming days and weeks as Brexit looms."

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