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Theresa May U-turn on backstop is a drastic act of bad faith - O’Neill

5 February, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


Speaking today after listening to Theresa May address local businesses, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA has accused British Prime Minister Theresa May of a dangerous political U-turn on the agreed ‘backstop’ and says it is a huge act of bad faith.

“Theresa May and the British government have a serious credibility issue.

“She negotiated a legally binding solution in the backstop to prevent a hard border on this island with the European Union, and is now attempting to abandon that Agreement. 

“There is uniformity from the four pro-Remain parties in the North, the Irish Government and the EU member states that there can be no renegotiation of the Backstop - it is fundamental to the Withdrawal Agreement.

“Theresa May must understand that no amount of warm words and platitudes will be acceptable to Sinn Féin, citizens or businesses here.“Only the legally binding backstop can guarantee certainty, prevent a hard border and protect the Good Friday Agreement framework.

“We told Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer this yesterday and we will tell Theresa May that tomorrow.

“The DUP do not speak for the people of the north of Ireland - and are doing a huge disservice to our people, businesses, farming industry and key sectors of the economy by misrepresenting our interests.

“This will continue to be opposed and resisted at every turn.” 

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