McDonald rules out any renegotiation of Brexit deal
Commenting after a Sinn Féin leadership delegation met with British Prime Minister Theresa May at Stormont today, party President Mary Lou McDonald insisted there can be no renegotiation of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
Mary Lou McDonald said: “No one should be under any illusions - there is no good in this unwanted Brexit for Ireland. The people here voted to remain.
“The backstop as contained in the withdrawal agreement is the bottom line. This is what Brexit looks like. It’s not perfect but it is the least worst option and the alternative is a catastrophic crash out.
“Any suggestion that it can now be renegotiated is fanciful.
“The four pro-remain parties in the North represent the majority in our determination to prevent a hard border and protect jobs, investment and households from disaster.
“The backstop is the only way to guarantee that.”
The Sinn Féin President added:
“Brexit is obviously dominating events but we also told Theresa May that it cannot be allowed to distract from the fact that the people of the North are entitled to power-sharing institutions, to rights, respect and equality.
“It is unacceptable that – two years on - Theresa May’s government has still not granted the Lord Chief Justice’s request for funding to progress legacy inquests.
“Tory cuts on welfare, our public services and a denial of rights to placate the DUP is also unacceptable.
“So while Theresa May clearly has her work cut out to get the withdrawal agreement through Westminster, she also needs to convince the people of the north that her government has any serious intention to help restore our political institutions on a sustainable basis and with rights and equality at their core.”