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Democratic imperative for referendum on border – Adams & Munster

26 June, 2016 - by Gerry Adams, Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD this morning said that the “Executive and the Irish government must uphold the vote of the electorate in the north to remain in the EU”. His constituency colleague Imelda Munster TD added that Fianna Fáil’s position on this issue is “typically confused and partitionist”.

Deputy Adams said:

“There is now a huge responsibility on the Irish government to think nationally; that is with an all-island view. The government, as a co-equal guarantor of the agreement, also has a responsibility to defend the Good Friday Agreement and its political institutions.

“The British decision also puts at risk the human rights legislation that underpins much of the Agreement and the all-Ireland structures.

“The people in the north voted to remain a part of the EU.  English votes threaten to drag it out of the EU. It is imperative that this democratic deficit is challenged.

“Sinn Féin believes that that can best be achieved by the maximum cooperation between the Executive and the government in Dublin upholding the vote of the electorate in the north. In the time ahead, this should include a referendum on the border.”

Commenting on Fianna Fáil Deputy Declan Breathnach’s call to respect the outcome of the referendum, Deputy Munster said:

“Deputy Breathnach says we should respect the outcome of the vote. He also states that ‘as an island we must stand united’. The northern six counties of this island voted to stay with the EU. Will Deputy Breathnach stand with his fellow Irish citizens in the north who voted to remain or will he stand with those little Englanders who voted to leave?

“The Fianna Fáil position on this issue is typically confused and partitionist. Worse he wants the Irish government to meet with the British Secretary of State Theresa Villiers, who campaigned to leave the EU, to discuss how to protect the border region. Declan Breathnach is living in cloud cuckoo-land.”

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