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‘Crunch time for Brexit’ – O’Neill

26 November, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

The Brexit withdrawal agreement represents crunch time for the process, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

Commenting after the four pro-Remain parties met with the CBI and business leaders in Stormont today, Michelle O’Neill warned that any suggestion of renegotiating the deal was ‘fantasy’ politics.

She said: “We had a very constructive meeting with the members of the business community, where we talked about the facts and the dangers of a crash-out Brexit that is not in the interests of the people here.

“We collectively, as four pro-remain parties have been consistent in saying that we speak for a cross-community majority of people here who voted to remain and clearly as we enter into the next number of weeks, this really is crunch time.

“Anyone who believes the EU is about to open up a new negotiation and gain a better deal than what is now on the table is living in a fantasy world. That is absolute nonsense and a ludicrous position to take.

“The withdrawal agreement is all that is on the table. It is far from perfect but it is the minimum position to secure the needs of the island of Ireland, in terms of preventing a hard border and protecting our economy.

“It is crucial that the Dublin Government and the EU 27 continue to prioritise those objectives in the time ahead and civic society has an important role to play in ensuring that happens.”

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