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O’Neill lobbies EU heads of state on special designated status

6 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill announced today that she has written to all European heads of state to make the case for the north to remain in the EU. The Sinn Féin Leader in the North was speaking at the launch of the party’s candidates for the forthcoming Assembly elections.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“This period will be defined by the British Government's disastrous intention to drag us out of the EU against the democratically expressed wishes of the people.

“Brexit will be a catastrophe for the entire island of Ireland. 

“It will introduce a European frontier across Ireland and fundamentally undermine the agreements and all-Ireland Institutions, which underpin our peace process.

“Fifty-six percent of the North voted to Remain but I am confident that, as the true extent of the impending disaster becomes clear, more and more people – both unionist and nationalist – are looking to SInn Féin as the only party with serious proposals to retain our European status.

“They are seeing for themselves that Britain has no interest in our interests.  And those parties, which foolishly hitched themselves to the Tories Brexit apron strings, will live to rue that decision. 

“Our proposals are credible and realisable. 

“And British Secretary of State James Brokenshire has absolutely no credibility in ruling out our demand for special status. I've news for James. It won't be your decision. It will be the other member states, which decide the terms of Brexit.

“That is why I have today written to the other European leaders setting out our case.

“That is why Sinn Féin is on a diplomatic offensive across the length and breadth of Europe where there is a hell of a lot more sympathy for our case than there is for the right wing, anti-immigrant agenda which fuelled the Brexit fiasco in the first place. So I would again call on all pro-Remain parties to join us in that offensive. 

“Anyone who is serious about defending the interests of their constituents needs to get serious about defending their place in Europe.”

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