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Respect the Remain vote, North should be designated special status with the EU – Michelle O’Neill

30 January, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin leader in the North, Minister Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Féin spokesperson on Brexit John O’Dowd met with British Prime Minister Treasa May in Cardiff for a bilateral meeting on the periphery of the Joint Ministerial Council meeting.

Speaking from Cardiff, following the meeting Michelle O’Neill said,

"The current crisis in the institutions arises, in part, from the approach of a Tory Government that has refused to honour the agreements, imposed harsh austerity cuts and is now hell bent on dragging the North out of the EU as part of Brexit.

"Brexit will be a disaster for the economy north and south. It will introduce a European Frontier across Ireland and fundamentally undermine the agreements and all Ireland Institutions.

"It should be remembered that in every election in north the people have rejected the Tory government and their policies. In the referendum, the majority of people opposed Brexit and voted to remain.

"I told Prime Minister May that the government at Westminster should respect the vote of the people in the north and that we should be designated special status within the EU. I will also be raising this issue with a Taoiseach and with EU political leaders.

"I reminded Theresa May of her governments responsibility to play a full role in resolving the legacy of the conflict including implementing agreements to support all victims equally.

"It is regrettable that the DUP continue to stand with the Tory Party on Brexit against the democratically expressed wishes of the cross-community majority in the North who voted to remain and against the best interest of our economy, public services and power sharing institutions." 

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