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Onus on Irish government to act on Brexit – O’Neill

29 March, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leader in the north Michelle O'Neill MLA has said the clock is now ticking on Brexit and Sinn Féin will be stepping up its efforts to secure designated special status within the EU. 

Michelle O'Neill said:

"Brexit would be a disaster for Ireland, socially, politically and economically. 

"It is unacceptable that Tories who have no mandate in Ireland can impose Brexit and a border against our will. 

 "The people of the North voted against Brexit in a democratic poll.

"Now that the clock is ticking on Brexit following the triggering of Article 50 by Tory Prime Minster Theresa May there is a real prospect of an EU border in Ireland. 

"An alternative to Brexit is possible and achievable.

"Sinn Féin has put forward a case for designated special status within the EU and Sinn Féin has been on a diplomatic offensive across Europe building support for that. 

"There is an onus now on the Irish government to act in the best interests of all Irish citizens and enter the upcoming negotiations to secure designated special status for the north."

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