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DUP in-out politics continues over Europe

25 November, 2015 - by Martina Anderson MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the DUP policy of in-out politics seems to be continuing over the party’s position on EU membership.

Speaking after Sammy Wilson called the British government’s position “pathetic” while attending a “Leave the EU” event with Nigel Farage Ms Anderson said:

“The DUP policy of playing a game of in-out politics seems to be alive and well, this time with confusion over their in-out position on EU membership. 

“Senior DUP MP Sammy Wilson has called the British governments position on renegotiation Britain position in the Europe as “pathetic” while posing for photographs with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at a Leave the EU event.

“This flies in the face of Arlene Foster and Peter Robinson selling the North as the gateway to Europe. Alongside this Peter Robinson has stated that a vote to leave the EU would potentially damage the local economy.   

“Sinn Féin have been clear. It is abundantly clear that any exit will have huge implications on our agricultural sectors, our fisheries, exports and inward investment. It simply does not make economic sense to leave the EU.

“The DUP now need to be clear with our people and all the sectors who receive European funding. Do they support an EU exit or not. Do they want to represent their Tory friends in Westminster, UKIP or local people who are net recipients of EU funding.”

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