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“The DUP cannot veto the vote of the people of the north to remain as part of EU” - Mary Lou McDonald

22 September, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:

“The events of the past week around the European summit on Brexit have demonstrated once again that Theresa May’s sole interest is in clinging to power.

“While the European leaders have been seeking solutions to the Brexit problem the British government has moved to ultimatums and stand offs.

“The backstop, as agreed in December, was to secure the interests of our economy, our people and our agreements. It is a common-sense solution to the British Brexit. It would deliver for all our people north and south.

“It is clear the DUP has a reckless disregard for the economy, agreements, livelihoods and jobs of the North. 

“They do not represent the views of the majority ofpeople nor the interests of the economy.

“The days of unionist veto are gone and will not be replaced by a Tory veto.

“Both the Tory party and the DUP should respect the vote of the majority in the north to remain within the European Union with all that entails. 

“The DUP cannot veto the vote of the people in the north to remain.

“It is time for the DUP and British government to get real. There will be no withdrawal agreement without a backstop that protects the interests of all Ireland.”

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