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McGuinness criticises British Prime Minister for Brexit summit no-show

25 November, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness


Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has criticised the British Prime Minister for not attending a major inter-governmental summit in Wales today which focused on Britain's plans to leave the EU.

Speaking in Cardiff at a meeting of the British-Irish Council, Mr McGuinness said; 

"This was the first meeting of the British-Irish Council that British Prime Minister Theresa May had the opportunity to attend and she did not show up. 

"This is the biggest issue on the political agenda it would have been hugely important for her to come along and allow members of the devolved administrations to ask questions. 

"The fact that she did not attend was a missed opportunity for her to engage directly with the administrations which are facing huge implications as a result of the British Government's actions. 

"I fear this is further evidence that this British government doesn't know what it's doing and has no plan or strategy in terms of Brexit. 

"Both the British and Irish governments need to recognise that the majority of people in the north voted to remain in the EU and that vote needs to be recognised and respected and they should be working to reach a situation which would afford the north designated special status within the EU." 

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