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Europe has central role in transition to Irish unity – Kearney

16 March, 2019 - by Declan Kearney


Sinn Féin National Chairperson, Declan Kearney said today that Europe has a central role to play in developing the transition to Irish unity.

Declan Kearney was speaking at a European conference entitled 'For a New Left and Progressive Pillar: A Europe for the Many', today Saturday 16 March 2019. 

Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras is also addressing the conference along with a number of other senior representatives from the European Left.

Declan Kearney said:

“The imposition of Brexit by the British Tory government on the north of Ireland is inherently undemocratic in nature. 

“But it is also a direct by product of Ireland's undemocratic and continued partition, enforced by British colonial policy.

“Partition has been an abject failure. It was never designed to make the northern state a political or economic success.

"Brexit has created a defining moment for these islands.

“International attention has been refocused upon the democratic case for Irish unity.

“Britain's border in Ireland has now become an issue for Europe.

“The level of interest in, and support for constitutional change in Ireland is now at an all-time high across the EU.

“The European Parliament and EU institutions have become strategically important renas within which to promote the democratic aim of a united Ireland and to encourage international support for a unity referendum.

“Sinn Féin will continue lobbying and influencing to make the objective of rish reunification a priority for the progressive left and other strands of democratic opinion represented in the European Parliament.

“Brexit means that change in the political relations between Britain and Ireland is now unavoidable.

“While the partition of our country never had any democratic legitimacy, its continued imposition is no longer sustainable.

“Partition has run out of road.

“Almost 30 years ago the European landscape was changed with German reunification.

“The emerging prospect of Irish unity presents a strategic opportunity to positively transform and realign the politics of Europe.

“Irish unity is integral to the vision of a new Europe.

“Europe has a central role to play in developing the transition to Irish unity.”

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