Mary Lou McDonald to British government: “Stop placating the hardliners and work to avoid no deal Brexit.”
Responding to British Prime Minister May’s meeting with EU Commission President Jean Claude Junker, the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“The British Prime Minister has no coherent strategy to avoid a no deal Brexit.
“Prime Minister May’s clear priority is to appease and placate the DUP and hard-Brexiteers who are driving towards a catastrophic no deal crash.
“It is welcome that the EU Commission President has again reiterated the position that the withdrawal agreement and backstop are not up for renegotiation.
“The backstop is an insurance policy. It is the bare minimum required to prevent a hard British border in Ireland.
"It is supported by the majority of citizens, businesses and other key sectors of our society and people. Any attempt to scrap the backstop must not be entertained.
“The calculated actions of the British Prime Minister in opposing her own deal has undermined her credibility and created greater uncertainty and instability for citizens and business.
“There can be no hard border in Ireland. The withdrawal agreement and backstop must stand.
“The British Prime Minister is aware that a crash Brexit will precipitate a referendum on Irish Unity as per the Good Friday Agreement.”