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Now is the time to talk about Irish Unity – McGuinness

28 November, 2016 - by Martin McGuinness

Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said now is the time to talk about Irish unity. 

Speaking at the launch of a United Ireland discussion document, 'Towards a United Ireland,' at Stormont today, Mr McGuinness said; 

"Towards a United Ireland lays out the rationale for reunification in terms of the economy, public services and reconciliation.

"The document details the type of new and united Ireland we believe can be delivered; a new Ireland built on the principles of equality and inclusion. 

 "It would require a discussion on symbols and emblems to reflect an inclusive Ireland, including the safeguarding of British Citizenship and a recognition of the Unionist Identity. 

"There is therefore an onus on those of us who want unity to persuade unionists and others of the merits and efficacy of this position. 

"The imposition of Brexit, despite the vote of the people in the north to Remain, underlines the undemocratic nature of partition and the unequal relationship between London and Belfast. 

"There is also an onus on the Irish government to begin to plan for unity, to draft a green paper for unity; to drive the process and build the maximum agreement and to secure and win a border poll.

"The reunification of Ireland is about more than adding the north onto the south. It is about building on what is best in both jurisdictions. A United Ireland means a new Ireland. 

"We have the opportunity to redefine in a positive and inclusive way the relationships across the island and between Ireland and Britain. Now is the time to look to the future."

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