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No such thing as a good Brexit - O'Dowd

29 October, 2016 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said all political leaders must respect the democratic wishes of the people.

Speaking in response to Arlene Foster’s speech at the DUP Conference, John O’Dowd said:

"It is the responsibility on all political leaders to respect the democratic wishes of the people and to act in the people’s best interests.

“There is no good Brexit for Ireland, north or south. No amount of posturing at a party conference can change that.

“As tempting as it may be to blame the Irish Government for everything the reality is it is the British government who are dragging the people of the North out of the EU against their democratically expressed will.

“The Forum meeting in Dublin next week is the best opportunity for the people of this Island including Unionist to have their voices heard. 

"If Arlene Foster has concerns about the role being played by the Irish Government then she should stand in front of the Taoiseach next week at the Forum and tell him.

“There will be many different voices from the North at next week’s Forum, they are not “remoaners” but business people, community leaders, farmers and citizens who have genuine concerns about the future.

Concluding Mr O’ Dowd said:

“Sinn Féin will be entering a phase of talks with the Irish Government, with Scotland and Wales and the British government and European level to ensure that the vote to remain in the north is respected and given effect.

“While the British government have ignored the impact of Brexit on North, the Irish government will have a central role on the European side standing up for what is best for all of Ireland."

“That is why we called for an all-Ireland approach and that is why we will be attending and contributing to the forum discussions next week.”

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