O’Neill challenges Bradley over Brexit ‘pantomime’
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has today told British Secretary of State Karen Bradley that the Westminster Brexit debate has descended into farce and pantomime and is symptomatic of the British government’s increasingly chaotic approach to exiting the EU.
The party’s Vice President also called for a referendum on Irish unity in the event of a no-deal crash Brexit so that people here can decide their own constitutional future.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I spoke to Karen Bradley on the phone this morning and told her no good can come of Brexit and that the Westminster debate on the issue has descended into farce and pantomime.
“I said that further evidence of the British government’s absolutely chaotic approach to Brexit was the appeal yesterday by the Head of the Civil Service in the north for volunteers to help co-ordinate a no-deal crash-out.
“With less than 100 days before Britain exits the EU and two and a half years since the EU referendum this is a stark reminder of the dangerous game the Tory government, with the support of the DUP, is playing with the North’s hard-won progress and peace.
“This reckless approach has made the prospect of a disastrous no-deal crash much more likely.
“This would drive our economy over a 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.
“Sinn Féin will continue to work with the Dublin government and the EU27 to protect the Good Friday Agreement and protect the Backstop against any return to a hard border.
“However, if Westminster insists on a no deal crash-out Brexit then the only sensible, logical and rational response is the people should have their say in a referendum on Irish reunification in line with the Good Friday Agreement.
“This would provide a pathway for the North to be readmitted to the European Union.”