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British government acting in bad faith – McDonald

2 November, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald said today the British government is acting in bad faith in stepping back from commitments to protect the Good Friday Agreement, ensuring there is no hardening of the border on Ireland and on the loss of citizens’ rights post Brexit.

The Sinn Féin Leader was speaking after she and Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill met British Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab in Belfast today.

Mary Lou McDonald said: 

“We had what I would describe as a very direct meeting with Dominic Raab.

“Sinn Féin set out for him in the plainest of terms the necessity for a backstop that protects the basic economic, social and political well being of the island of Ireland.

“We reminded him that the British government signed up to the backstop last December recognising the unique scenario facing the north of Ireland in the event of Brexit and the need for a bespoke solution.  

“Since then the British government have been acting in bad faith. 

“They have stepped back from commitments made to protect the Good Friday Agreement and all of its parts, to ensure no hardening of the border on our island and to ensure no loss of rights for citizens.

“Sinn Féin has left him in no doubt that the view right across Irish politics north and south, with the exception of the DUP, is that we need to act in a responsible way, in a way which recognises the real jeopardy and damage that Brexit can and will do to our economy, and potentially to our peace agreements.

“We have made it clear that for the British government to offer up anything short of an operable enduring backstop would be reckless and entirely unacceptable.” 

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