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Brokenshire Brexit stance has no credibility - O'Neill

1 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


The British Secretary of State's refusal to consider special status for the North to remain in the EU has no credibility, Michelle O'Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin minister was speaking after James Brokenshire told the British House of Commons today that special status would be the 'wrong approach'.

"As I made clear to Theresa May, the terms and the arrangements for Britain's exit from Europe won't be dictated by Westminster. It will be the other 27 member states who decide that," she commented.

"James Brokenshire is not neutral on the issue of Brexit. It is Tory party policy. 

"His comments today coupled with his recent attempt to exempt British State forces from the legal process in the conflict here demonstrates that he reflects the approach of the Tory party and not agreements or the best interests of the people.  

"He has increasingly adopted a partisan approach to these and other issues. And in so doing he is making the prospect of any agreement to restore the institutions after the election even more difficult.

"I am due to speak with him by phone later today and that is precisely what I will be telling him in no uncertain terms."

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