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‘Taoiseach should be defending GFA right to majority vote’- Murphy

17 October, 2017 - by Conor Murphy

The overwhelming majority of people on this island support Irish reunification. The Irish Government should reflect that and defend the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, including the right of a majority to vote for a United Ireland, Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said.


The Sinn Féin negotiator was speaking after An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the BBC that he wouldn’t like to see constitutional change ‘on a 50% plus one basis’.


Conor Murphy commented: “The Good Friday Agreement is absolutely clear in enshrining the right of the Irish people to self-determination through referenda, north and south.


“If a simple majority vote in favour of reunification, both governments are then obliged to legislate for it.

“The Good Friday Agreement is the legal and internationally-biding position.


“There is an onus on the Irish government to plan for unity. To become a persuader for unity. To build the maximum agreement and to secure and win a referendum on unity.

“As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Taoiseach should be seeking to defend the agreement in all its parts, not seeking to undermine it.”

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