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McDonald speaks at London Convention on Brexit

13 May, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald TD, in London today, addressed ‘The Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash’ where she outlined Sinn Féin’s demand for special status for the North of Ireland and the threats a hard Brexit poses to the Good Friday Agreement.

Speaking at the Convention, Deputy McDonald said:

“For Ireland, Brexit is a constitutional earthquake and it has the potential to wreck the Good Friday Agreement.

“It astonishing that the British Government is gambling with the peace process and all of the progress that has been so hard won. 

“It is hard to fathom Theresa May's cavalier attitude. It is not acceptable.

“There is real anger in Ireland, North and South, and we are determined to ensure that we will not be the collateral damage due to internal struggles in the British Tory party. They have created this mess.”

Deputy McDonald said afterwards:

“At the Convention, I was alarmed to hear Michael Gove, former MP and one of the most prominent Tory ‘Leave’ campaigners, advocate the complete abandonment of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the associated subsidies, in a post-Brexit Britain.

“I am sure that farmers in the North and the Ulster Farmers Association who are at the Balmoral show, which Theresa May is attending today, would disagree.” 

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