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Brexit ‘no excuse to play chicken with our future and our peace’ – McDonald

19 October, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking today from Belfast, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said that “the imposition of Brexit fundamentally changes the relationship between Ireland and Britain” and that we “cannot allow stability and peace on our island to be destroyed by Brexit”.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“The Peace process has redefined relationships across Ireland and between Ireland and Britain. We now have a generation for whom conflict is history and violence the past.

“We cannot take peace and progress for granted is it something that constantly needs care and nurturing. Our peace process and the Good Friday Agreement must be protected in all its parts. We cannot allow stability and peace on our island to be destroyed by Brexit.

“The imposition of Brexit fundamentally changes the relationship between Ireland and Britain. There cannot be an imposition of a hard border in Ireland. It is not an option for anyone and the people will not tolerate it.

“We have achieved much; we have a resilient and robust peace process. There can be no excuse for a return to conflict under any circumstances or provocation. We have a peaceful and democratic pathway for change.

“It is reckless to risk progress, our agreements, and all that has been achieved over the past decades.

“No leader or politician of integrity would be prepared to play chicken or poker with our future and our peace.” 

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