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British government can't be trusted to represent North in negotiations - McGuinness

19 October, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness


Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said the British government cannot be trusted to represent the best interests of the people of the North in Brexit negotiations. 

Speaking at an economic conference in Derry today, Mr McGuinness said; 

"I will be travelling to London to meet the British prime minister, as well as the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales to ascertain whether this British government knows what it is doing over Brexit. 

"Key areas of concern were identified in the joint letter from Arlene Foster and myself and the question is whether the British government is taking those seriously and the answer is I don't think so. 

"I don't trust this British government to negotiate on our behalf. They don't have the best interests of the people of the North at heart. 

"And despite what James Brokenshire may say, he will not be my representative at those negotiations. That is the responsibility of elected representatives here. 

"I represent the 56 per cent of people who voted to remain in the EU. Our democratic wishes need to be listened to and respected."

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