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Kenny must uphold democratic wishes of people in North on Brexit - Carthy

20 September, 2016


Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said that it is "inconceivable to have one part of Ireland outside the EU and another within it". He said any attempt to strengthen the border in Ireland would be disastrous for border communities, for students, for businesses and for farmers.

Speaking at an event at the National Ploughing Championships today, Matt Carthy said:

"Today's Irish Examiner opinion poll shows that the implications of the recent Brexit referendum is one which deeply concerns people the length and breadth of Ireland.

“I have been listening for years to politicians in Dublin and London lecturing republicans that we must respect the democratically expressed will of people in the Six Counties.

“Well, the people of the North - from across the nationalist and unionist communities - voted to remain within the European Union. So, right back at you.

“Any forum or talks on dealing with the implications of Brexit for Ireland must deal with how to uphold the democratic wishes of people in the North and how to resist attempts to strengthen the border, a development which would be disastrous or border communities, for students, for businesses and for farmers.

“In particular, there is a huge onus on the Irish Government and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny to come up with an mechanism to do this.

"People in the North are Irish citizens and by extension they are EU citizens. They have rights and they must be defended.

“Sinn Féin believes that Irish reunification is the best way to achieve this and we will support any other party, whoever they are - Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil, SDLP or anyone else, which moves from rhetoric to action in this regard.”

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