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Westminster election – Sinn Féin will fight Tory Brexit agenda – McDonald

18 April, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking today, Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said that in the midst of the snap election in Britain, Taoiseach Enda Kenny must stand up for Irish interests in the EU negotiation surrounding Brexit .

Deputy McDonald continued by saying that Sinn Féin will fight the coming election to secure special status for the North within the EU and so ensure that there will be no EU frontier across Ireland.

The Dublin-Central TD said:

“Today, the British Tory party called a snap election to consolidate their negotiations position on Brexit

“Throughout this process, the Tory party has set the pace. They called the referendum and they have pushed ahead to impose an EU frontier across Ireland.

“The impact of Brexit will be disastrous for communities, for our economy, and for public services across Ireland.

“The British Government have ignored the Irish Government and the votes of the people and the needs of our economy.

“Through all this, Enda Kenny has failed to stand up for our national interest and failed to safeguard the Good Friday and subsequent agreements

“In the draft EU council negotiation guidelines, Spain secured greater leverage with regard to Gibraltar than the Taoiseach achieved for Ireland and our agreements.

“Sinn Féin will fight the coming election to secure special status for the North within the EU and so ensure that there will be no EU frontier across Ireland.

“The Taoiseach must also stand up for the north to be designated special status within the EU and for the Good Friday Agreement in the coming European Council meeting and with any incoming British Government.” 

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