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Ní Riada calls for Government consensus on Irish unity referendum

24 June, 2016 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

In light of the British vote to leave the EU, Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has called for a border poll on Irish unity.

The Ireland South MEP said:

“56% of the electorate in the north have rejected the right-wing agenda of the British Tory party, yet English votes have overturned their democratic will.

“The British government has no mandate to represent the views of the North in any future negotiations with the EU and therefore I am now reiterating our previous calls for a referendum on Irish Unity.

It is unacceptable that a majority in England and Wales can alter the constitutional status of the North against the wishes of the people there.

“I am calling for consensus amongst political leaders in the South, as they meet today, on the need for such a referendum.

“Sinn Féin has been clear that Ireland’s role, both North and South, is to seek progressive change in Europe from within the EU.

“Whilst recognising the democratic deficit at the heart of Europe, and the neo-liberal tendencies within the bloc, our approach is to critically engage with the EU.

“There is no doubt that Brexit will cause immense difficulties across Ireland, but we must be prepared to deal with them to through unity, resolve and determination." ENDS

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