Dangerous fools must not be allowed to destroy progress of the last 20 years – Ó Muilleoir
Sinn Féin MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said today that dangerous fools must not be allowed to destroy the progress achieved over the last 20 years as a result of the Irish peace process.
The South Belfast MLA was responding to incendiary comments made by British Tory Brexiteer Boris Johnson.
Máirtín Ó Muilleoir said:
"Boris Johnson’s comments are appalling, foolish and dangerous.
“He has demonstrated yet again a complete disregard for the democratic wishes of the people of the north and the progress made over the last two decades as a result of the Irish peace process.
“His remarks unveil the real agenda of the Brexiteers which is to tear up the Good Friday Agreement regardless of the consequences for the community in the North.
“Boris Johnson was a member of the British Tory government when it agreed to the backstop with the EU last December, and again in March this year.
“He is foolish if he thinks the EU 27 will turn their backs on the Irish peace process which they rightly regard as a crowning achievement of the European Union.
“Boris Johnson wishes to destroy the Good Friday Agreement. His erstwhile Cabinet colleagues have been attempting to renege on the backstop.
“That places an onus on the Irish government to stand firm in the Brexit negotiations and ensure the backstop is delivered.
“The backstop must be maintained and built upon so that it avoids a hardening of the border and keeps the North in the customs union and significant elements of the single market while also protecting rights enshrined in the Good Friday Agreement.
“Dangerous fools will not be allowed to destroy all the community in the North has achieved over the past 20 years.”