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Time for May to show leadership and face down DUP wreckers – McDonald

15 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking in advance of meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May in London, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said that “Theresa May needs to listen to the majority of the people in the North who reject a hard border and seek to remain within the Customs Union and Single Market”.

Teachta McDonald highlighted the fact that “the DUP do not represent the majority of people in the North who oppose Brexit nor do they reflect our economic interests. For the DUP, it is simply a hard Brexit and hard border at any cost”.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Last year, the British government signed up to an agreement with the EU to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, to safeguard the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts, and for a backstop to protect the unique circumstances of the North of Ireland.

“Ten months on, there is still no clarity or legal text. Instead, we have seen the British Government break through deadlines and avoid living up to their obligations. The latest proposal for a time limited backstop which, in reality, means no backstop.

“The DUP have sought to dictate to the British Prime Minister the terms of Brexit. It should be remembered that this party opposes the Good Friday Agreement and walked away from a deal to re-establish the Executive in the North. They have opposed rights available in Britain and the rest of Ireland, including Marriage Equality, abortion rights, and language rights.

“The DUP do not represent the majority of people in the North who oppose Brexit nor do they reflect our economic interests. For the DUP, it is simply a hard Brexit and hard border at any cost.

“That is fundamentally wrong and undermines the agreements that have delivered so much for Ireland and Britain.

“Theresa May needs to listen to the majority of the people in the North who reject a hard border and seek to remain within the Customs Union and Single Market.

“The impact of the decisions being made by the British Prime Minster will shape politics for generations.

“It is time for the British Prime Minister to place the long-term interest of Ireland and Britain above a short-term deal with the DUP. It is time for the Theresa May to live up to her obligations, commitments, and agreements. It is time for Theresa May demonstrate leadership and to face down the wreckers in the DUP.” 

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