Taoiseach’s comments “reckless and irresponsible” – Mary Lou McDonald
The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has described comments from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar regarding a return of soldiers to the border as “reckless and irresponsible”.
“The Taoiseach’s comments are reckless and irresponsible. They are totally contrary to previous assertions regarding the government’s commitment to the backstop.
“The Taoiseach has consistently ruled out a border poll on Irish unity. Today he paints a doomsday scenario of a return of soldiers to the border in the event of a no deal Brexit.
“If that is the case then the only way to prevent such a scenario is by affording the Irish people their say in the form of a border poll on Irish unity.
“If Westminster insists on driving toward a no-deal crash, then a referendum on Irish unity, as provided for in the Good Friday Agreement, must be called as the entirely rational response, which would provide a pathway for the North to retain membership of the European Union.