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Theresa May's Belfast Brexit speech “full of old rhetoric and no solutions” – Mary Lou McDonald TD

5 February, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald will tomorrow morning lead a delegation to meet with British Prime Minster Theresa May in Stormont.

The delegation will also include deputy leader Michelle O’Neill MLA, Conor Murphy MLA and Chris Hazzard MP.

Speaking in advance of meeting Theresa May tomorrow in Belfast, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“Last week in Westminster Theresa May effectively binned the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated.

“This agreement included the backstop that she knows is essential to protect our agreements, our economy and the rights of Citizens. Mrs May acted in bad faith.

“For the Tory party, the demands of the Brexiteers rank above the needs of the people and economy of Ireland, North and South.

“The British Prime Ministers speech in Belfast today, was a step backwards. It was full of old rhetoric and no solutions.

“The people of the North voted to remain in the EU and Theresa May does not speak for the people of the North in relation to Brexit.

“Mrs May cannot and will not be allowed to rip up the Withdrawal Agreement and walk away from the backstop.

“Tomorrow we will challenge the British Prime Minster on her bad faith negotiations and her failure to honour agreements.

“The backstop in the Withdrawal agreement remains the bare minimum required to safeguard the rights of citizens, our agreements and economic interest.

“The Good Friday Agreement must be protected in all of its parts. And in the event of a hardening of the border, the people of Ireland must be given the opportunity to remove it through an Irish Unity referendum.”

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