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DUP out of touch with vast majority’ – O’Neill

3 December, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

Commenting after the four pro-Remain parties met trade unions, university representatives and the community and voluntary sector in Stormont today, Michelle O’Neill said it is increasingly obvious that the DUP is out of touch with the vast majority of the population.

The Sinn Féin Vice President said: 

“What we have here today is ‘unprecedented unity’ among representatives of civic society, business and the four parties.

“There is no good to come from Brexit.

“There is broad agreement between our parties and the various representatives at today’s discussion that we must protect the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts.

“Brexit presents a major threat to all the sectors represented today in terms of the risk to EU funding for community projects and university research, educational opportunities in the EU and the dilution of workers’ rights.

“This is obviously causing a great deal of concern so I welcome the fact that more and more sectors are making their voices heard. The DUP are clearly on the wrong side of the argument.

“They are setting their face against the wishes and best interests of the vast majority of citizens by continuing to push for a hard Brexit and opposing the withdrawal agreement.

“That agreement is not perfect and neither is the backstop contained within it. However, it is the least worst option and remains our best insurance policy against the worst excesses of Brexit on the island of Ireland.

 “But while the DUP still refuse to heed the concerns of citizens, Sinn Féin will continue to stand with all other pro-Remain parties and those sections of society who advocate for citizens' rights, our economic interests and the protection of our agreements.

“Whatever transpires over the coming weeks, the Backstop remains the bottom line.” 

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