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Tory Brexit will not be allowed upend Irish economy or peace process - Mary Lou McDonald TD

9 March, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said that while Britain seeks to exit the EU, it will not upend the Irish economy or the Good Friday Agreement on its way out.

Speaking from Dublin today, Teachta McDonald said; 

“We are twenty days away from Brexit, and the British Government are still playing down the clock, playing for time.

“We see indecision and a reckless approach from that Government with absolute indifference to Ireland or Irish interests.

“Michel Barnier’s position is consistent with ours. If Britain wishes to Brexit who are we to stop them? But they won’t take the North with them and they’re not going to wreck the Irish economy and upend our peace process.

“That’s the bottom line. That’s a position that has been articulated at Irish Government level and by the European Parliament. 

“I will be in the United States next week meeting with House Representatives and Trade Union leaders to brief them on the latest developments with regards to Brexit.

“We will be asking them to stand with us in protecting the Good Friday Agreement and to join with us in reminding the British Government of their international obligations to Ireland in law, and that those obligations must be honoured.

It goes without saying that at this critical juncture the Irish Government needs to hold firm.

“They need to stay strong at the eleventh hour, regardless of the overtures or pressure that might be applied from London.

“Whether there is a deal or not the reality is that Brexit is bad for Ireland. Citizens in the North will be left behind.

“We are very disappointed that the Government did not allocate the two extra seats in the European Parliament to the North.

“That would have been a first step in allowing citizens in the North have democratic representation."

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