Brexit is the price of continued partition - Kearney
Sinn Féin MLA Declan Kearney has said Brexit is the price of the continued partition of Ireland and called for Theresa Villiers to resign.
Speaking in the Assembly, Mr Kearney said;
"In recent days the EU referendum result has dramatically changed the political and economic landscape.
"The majority of voters here from across the political spectrum said the north should remain in Europe and it is unacceptable that the democratic will of this region should be over ruled by English voters.
"Our economic and financial future is now one of unprecedented uncertainty.
"200,000 jobs in Ireland depend upon 1.2billion euros of trade between North and South each week. Brexit directly threatens all that, and more.
"Theresa Villiers should follow David Cameron and resign. She has absolutely no authority to represent the economic or social interests of people in the north
"Brexit is the price of Ireland’s continued partition.
"This Assembly and Executive should respect and underpin the democratic decision of the North.
"Our urgent focus must be upon retaining our special relationship with the EU, and protecting the trade, investment and funding which are essential to support our regional and island economies.”