‘Westminster intent on seizing powers from the North’ – Ó Muilleoir
The British Government are riding roughshod over democratic processes in order to impose Brexit and seize devolved powers, Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said.
The Sinn Féin Brexit spokesperson was speaking after a party delegation was today briefed by NIO officials.
Mairtin Ó Muilleoir said: “The NIO informed us that the British government is preparing to remove references to the European Union from legislation in the north.
“In addition, while powers in devolved policy areas such as agriculture and the environment are to be transferred to the Assembly as part of the Withdrawal Bill, the British Government is adamant it can overrule the Assembly.
“This blatant power-grab is completely counter to the Good Friday Agreement and is the outworking of the toxic Tory DUP deal.
“The Tories are intent on imposing Brexit here at the very time the majority of parties in the north, the Irish Government, and the EU are insisting on the north being given a special deal.
“It is our view that in the absence of power-sharing institutions these matters should be considered by the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference.”