O’Neill welcomes Corbyn call to convene Intergovernmental Conference
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill today welcomed the call by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference and she said we are a crunch time in the negotiations on EU exit.
Michelle O’Neill was speaking after attending a lecture delivered by Jeremy Corbyn at Queen’s University Belfast today.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I welcome Jeremy Corbyn’s call to convene the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference.
“Sinn Féin has been calling for the conference to be convened so that the two governments, working together, can take decisions to resolve the issues and pave the way for the restoration of power-sharing.
“And unlike the British Conservative party, who have slipped in and out of here without speaking to people and engaging with political leaders on Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn came here today to hear first hand about the disastrous implications of Brexit for border communities in particular.
“Sinn Féin wants the Labour Party to move further.
“We are at a crunch time in the negotiations on Brexit.
“The people of the north voted to remain in the European Union and that democratic decision needs to be respected.
“Our economy can’t withstand being outside the Customs Union and the Single Market and we need to see our special circumstances recognised, with no hardening of the border, citizens’ rights respected and the Good Friday Agreement protected in all its parts.”