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O’Neill slams Downing Street ‘back door power-grab’

3 July, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

The British Government intends to impose Brexit on the North in a way that is incompatible with the Good Friday Agreement and which has no democratic legitimacy, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“The announcement by the British Government today that they intend imposing their Brexit legislation on the North comes as no surprise but let’s be clear, it amounts to a back door power-grab.

“The people of the North nor the majority of MLA’s have given their consent for Brexit when they voted in the referendum two years ago.

“What the British Government are doing, both here and in Scotland, has no democratic legitimacy whatsoever because their actions are in stark contrast to the will of the people and established parliamentary and legal requirements.

“The legislative consent and political agreement of the Assembly parties and the Irish Government as co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement, should be secured before proceeding with constitutional change of this magnitude. 

“It is our view that the agreement also requires that EU matters be considered by the North South Ministerial Council or in the absence of the power-sharing institutions, the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference, including where Brexit will directly impact cross-border bodies.

“That is the proper forum for addressing this, and Downing Street diktats which run roughshod over the Agreement they say they wish to protect is a full frontal contradiction and must be exposed for what it is.”

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