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Governments must demonstrate they are committed to progress – O’Neill

31 October, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said today that legislation at Westminster brought forward by British Secretary of State Karen Bradley to remove her powers to call an Assembly election, is about pre-empting a court decision, which would force her to so do.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“Her ‘Executive Formation & Exercise of Functions Bill’ does nothing to help restore the power-institutions.

“It was aimed only at saving face for a British government that knew the courts would soon order it to uphold its obligations under the legislation and convene an Assembly election.

“It speaks volumes about this British government that it would prefer to change the law than comply with it.

“That is a hugely retrograde step and further evidence of the depths Theresa May’s Tory government administration is prepared to go to sustain its toxic pact with the DUP.

“This presents a real challenge to progress but all roads will bring us back to the negotiating table.

“The onus is firmly on the Tanáiste Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley to demonstrate to the people here that they remain committed to progress.

"They need to bring forward a plan at this week’s British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference to drive the process forward.” 

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