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‘Westminster driving towards economic catastrophe’ – O’Neill

18 December, 2018 - by Michelle O'Neill


 News that the British parliament is preparing for a no-deal Brexit is further evidence of the economic catastrophe their chaotic approach is leading towards; Sinn Fein Deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

The Sinn Féin Vice President was commenting after it was confirmed that Theresa May’s cabinet would meet today to ramp up its no-deal preparations.

She said: “With barely more than 100 days until Britain is due to leave the EU, the British Cabinet is today meeting to prepare for a no-deal scenario.

“That sums up their chaotic approach over the past two years. They have spent more time fighting among themselves and trying to placate the DUP and Brexiteers rather than dealing with the issues that actually need addressed.

“This reckless approach has made the prospect of a disastrous no-deal crash much more likely.  Such a situation would be catastrophic for our economy and society. It would see us crashing out of the EU with no terms of departure, over an economic cliff-edge with supply shortages and many businesses unable to trade, job losses, possible recession, no access to the EU single market and a physical hard border being put in place in Ireland.

“We cannot allow that to happen and we will continue working with the Dublin Government and the EU27 to protect the Good Friday Agreement and protect the Backstop as our only insurance policy against a hard border and the economic catastrophe that would bring.

“But if that is not possible and Westminster insists on driving toward a no-deal crash, then a referendum on Irish reunification, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement, must be called as the only sensible, logical and entirely rational response which would provide a pathway for the North to be readmitted to the European Union.”

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