'Both governments must uphold rights of citizens' - O'Neill
Responding to comments made by British Prime Minister Theresa May following a phone conversation with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today, Sinn Féin Leader in the North Michelle O'Neill said:
"Theresa May's government is not a neutral broker in this process. Their reckless and partisan approach is a central cause of the current crisis.
"Whitehall's repeated austerity cuts to the North's block grant and the refusal to implement the legacy agreement from Stormont House have badly undermined the sustainability of the power-sharing institutions and our ability to deal effectively with the past.
"They have refused to progress the Bill of Rights and Irish Language Acht, formed a formal political partnership with the DUP at Westminster and are pursuing a hard Brexit which further undermines past agreements and the political process here.
"If the current talks are to be successful, there needs to be a step change in the British Government approach and a clear demonstration that past agreements and any new commitments will be honoured.
"Leo Varadkar's government should also assert itself as a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement and subsequent agreements by defending the rights of all citizens, North and South."