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Foster running scared of public opinion on unity referendum – Hazzard

26 May, 2017 - by Chris Hazzard


Sinn Féin's Chris Hazzard has said DUP leader Arlene Foster is running scared on the issue of a referendum on Irish unity.

And he said that her comments today on a unity referendum was yet another display of the DUP’s arrogance and contempt for the democratic process.

The South Down Sinn Féin Westminster candidate said: 

"Arlene Foster is running scared of public opinion on an Irish unity referendum.

“A recent Lucidtalk opinion poll showed that a majority of people in the north are in favour of holding a referendum on Irish unity.

“The Tory government’s attempt to drag us out of the EU against the democratic wishes of the majority of people in the north has put the debate on Irish unity front and centre in the political agenda.

"The Good Friday Agreement contains provision for a referendum on Irish unity and that cannot be swept aside by Arlene Foster or anyone else. 

“It is not in the DUP’s gift to determine when the people can have their say on Irish unity. Her comments are another example of the arrogance of the DUP.

"Sinn Féin has called for a referendum on unity to be held within the next five years and we are building support for that.”

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