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‘Tories may choose a new leader, but they can’t renegotiate the Backstop’ - O’Neill

12 December, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill

The Tory leadership challenge is just the latest battle in an internal civil war that brought the chaos of Brexit in the first place, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin Vice President commented: “Brexit was conceived because of the Tory civil war. Brexit it is a disaster because of the Tory civil war and the leadership challenge is the latest battle in that same civil war.

“Regardless of who leads the British Government, they will always prioritise British interests first.

“For us, it is about working with the Dublin Government and the EU27, to prioritise Irish interests. We cannot allow Ireland or Irish interests to become collateral damage of infighting within a Tory party that cares nothing for our economy or our citizens.

“Mary Lou-McDonald and I will be meeting Simon Coveney today and that will be our message to the Irish Government. We must protect the Good Friday Agreement and protect the Backstop as our only insurance policy against a hard border in Ireland and the economic catastrophe that would bring.

“The Tory Party can decide who they want to lead them but they cannot be allowed to dictate any renegotiation or dilution of the Backstop.”


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