Reckless DUP Brexit threatens economy and rights - O'Neill
Sinn Féin Vice-President Michelle O’Neill has said the DUP is putting thousands of jobs and the local economy at risk in pursuit of a Brexit which owes more to its narrow vision of the union even if that means the north being an economic and rights backwater.
Speaking after DUP Leader Arlene Foster left Brussels after a three day visit, Michelle O’Neill said:
“The DUP does not speak for the majority of the people of the north on Brexit.
“Sinn Féin and other progressive parties are working with the EU to protect jobs, our economy, our manufacturing and agri food industries, the Good Friday Agreement and our rights.
“Membership of the Customs Union and the Single Market can give the north continued unfettered access to the EU market of around 500 million people and the British market of 67 million.
“For local manufacturers, agri food producers and our exporters this is the best of both worlds.
“It would provide the north with a unique proposition that could transform it from the worst performing economy in these islands to an economic powerhouse.
“The DUP is ignoring this, and the thousands of jobs that depend on the all-Ireland economy and cross-border trade in pursuit of their hard Brexit agenda. This owes more to their narrow vision of the union even if that means the north being an economic and rights backwater.
“Our task now is to ensure that Ireland doesn’t become collateral damage in a reckless Tory/DUP Brexit.
“There is an onus on the Irish government and the EU to ensure the commitments made by the British government to a legally binding backstop are met as the negotiations reach a critical point.”