‘British PM showing contempt for democracy’ - O’Neill
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has accused Theresa May of showing ‘contempt for democracy’ by refusing a joint meeting with the leaders of the North’s leading anti-Brexit parties.
Michelle O’Neill was commenting after revealing that the British Prime Minister has turned down a request for talks with the leaders of Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Alliance and Green Party.
She said: “Our four parties represent the pro-Remain majority in the North. We are due to have a meeting with Leo Varadkar together in the coming period. We have met Michel Barnier together but today Theresa May has refused our request for a joint meeting.
“This is just the latest example of the contempt for democracy being shown by Theresa May’s government.
“In order to preserve her toxic alliance with the DUP, she is trampling over the rights of citizens by acquiescing to that party’s refusal to share power on the basis of equality.
“And by refusing to meet their representatives, Theresa May is also ignoring the democratic will of the majority in the north who voted to reject Brexit.
“This British Government is clearly incapable of acting responsibly or with any semblance of impartiality while it remains wedded to the DUP.
“Theresa May is showing nothing but disdain for the people of the north, for the Good Friday Agreement, for our economy and rights and for the peace process.
“It is an appalling failure of her responsibilities as a co-equal guarantor of our peace and political process and there is an onus on the Irish Government and EU27 to defend our best interests during this critical stage of the Brexit negotiations.”