A Tory government prioritising itself over Stormont - McCallion
The Tory Government is prioritising a self-serving negotiation with the DUP over the Stormont talks, Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion has said.
Speaking from Westminster, the Foyle MP commented:
"Theresa May set out her priorities in the Queen’s speech today and, unsurprisingly, protecting the North from Brexit and austerity cuts didn't feature.
"Her government committed to legislation to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market and imposing Brexit on the people of the North. The DUP supports this position and it will have a devastating impact on our economy, rights and public services.
"There were honeyed words about supporting the re-establishment of the institutions in the North but no commitment to live up to their obligations on existing agreements or safeguarding the equal rights of citizens or ending their attacks on public services.
“Their stated commitment to strengthen the union highlights the partisan approach of the Tory government and their refusal to recognise the growing support for Irish Unity.
“The Tory government has placed self interest above their obligations to the agreements and the institutions in the North.
“The Irish government also has an equal responsibility to assert itself as a co-guarantor of previous agreements and demand the rigorous impartiality which the process requires.”