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Mary Lou McDonald reiterates call for Unity Referendum to Theresa May

18 January, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has this afternoon spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May by phone to discuss the unfolding Brexit shambles and the imperative for an Irish unity referendum in the event of a no deal Brexit. 
 
Speaking after the call Teachta Lou McDonald said:
 
“We have all looked on at the entirely predictable shambles that is unfolding at Westminster.
 
“Ireland, north or south, has never been a consideration for the promoters of Brexit.
 
“Our economic interests, our peace agreements and the rights of citizens have been viewed as collateral damage in the quest for Brexit.
 
“I reminded, Theresa May that the people of the north voted to remain in the EU. I also referenced the British governments’ obligations to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement and their commitment to avoid a hard border across Ireland.
 
“The Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop were agreed by her government and the EU to meet these obligations and commitments. The Withdrawal Agreement remains the least worst option. It cannot be undermined, watered down or set aside.
 
“I have raised these matters directly with the Taoiseach and with European Leaders. It is time for the British government and Westminster to recognise that Ireland cannot and will not pay the cost of a British Brexit.
 
“The British Prime Minster has recently commented on the possibility for Irish unity in the context of Brexit.
 
“I again raised with Theresa May the imperative to set a date for a unity referendum in lines with the Good Friday Agreement obligations to let the people have their say in the event of a no deal Brexit.”

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