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European Commission comments on hard border underscore the need to prepare for Irish unity - Mary Lou McDonald

22 January, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Responding to comments by a spokesperson for the European Commission earlier today, who stated that in a no-deal Brexit scenario there will be a hard border in Ireland, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said:

“Yesterday, I called on the government to convene an All-Ireland Forum to plan for a united Ireland and to build for Irish unity.

“Confirmation by the European Commission this morning that there will be a hard border on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit reinforces the need for that process to commence as soon as possible.

“We in Sinn Féin have been consistent in saying that there will be a hard border on our island in the absence of a ‘backstop’, but the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste have continuously skated around the issue and dodged the question.

“While nobody wants a crash Brexit, we must prepare for any and all eventualities.

“The government must now face up to the reality that there will in fact be a hard border in Ireland in the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement and they need to assert that this is an entirely unacceptable situation for Ireland.

“The time for burying heads in the sand is over and preparations for a unity referendum must now commence immediately.”

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