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The British government is not an independent broker - O'Neill

13 February, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill has said the British government cannot be regarded as an independent, honest broker in post-election negotiations. 

Ms O'Neill said; 

"The British government has failed to live up to its responsibilities on commitments made in successive agreements, on legacy, and on equality. 

"It has acted as a partisan player and has in fact adopted pro-DUP positions. 

"While that has more to do with internal machinations at Westminster, it is clear that the British government is not acting in the best interests of the people in the north. 

"This is the same British government which is intent on ignoring the will of the people of the north in relation to Brexit and has strangled budgets through its austerity policies. 

"British secretary of state James Brokenshire is now attempting to give immunity from prosecution to former British soldiers and torturers. That is unacceptable. 

"So it is clear that James Brokenshire is not an independent, neutral broker. 

"There will be a serious negotiation on the other side of the election once the people have had their say on the RHI scandal and the arrogance and contempt we have seen from the DUP." 

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