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Irish unity referendum needs to be on the agenda – Murphy

20 July, 2016 - by Conor Murphy


Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said today that the proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU.

The Newry Armagh MLA was responding to comments by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on a unity referendum.

Conor Murphy said:

“James Brokenshire represents no one in Ireland.

“The Tory party has no mandate in the north and in the last election they received only 2,554 votes here.

 “With the prospect of the North being dragged out of the EU by England, more and more people are open to the idea of exploring new relationships on this island in the context of remaining in the EU.

“Sinn Féin has urged the Taoiseach to push ahead with an island-wide dialogue to discuss how the remain vote in the North can be respected.

“The proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be part of that dialogue and on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU.” 

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