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Governments must begin preparing for Unity referendum – O’Neill

22 February, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

With the prospect of a No-deal Brexit becoming increasingly likely, there is an onus on the two governments to begin preparing for a referendum on Irish Unity, Sinn Féin Deputy leader Michelle O’Neill has said.

Addressing the ‘Beyond Brexit – Uniting Ireland’ Conference in Maghera today, the Sinn Féin Vice President warned that due to the ongoing chaos at Westminster a No-Deal crash out of the EU appears increasingly likely.

Michelle O’Neill added: “Sinn Féin want to absolutely avoid a No-Deal scenario since it will devastate people’s livelihoods, jobs, entitlements and impact businesses and their ability to trade, and therefore our economy.

“However, should we arrive to this place – we have told Theresa May that it is incumbent on her to let the people decide on our constitutional future through a unity referendum.”

Urging the Irish Government to begin preparing for a referendum now, Michelle O’Neill continued: 

“Part of that contingency preparation should be the urgent convening of an all-Ireland forum to consult on our constitutional future. 

“The Good Friday Agreement gives all of our people the opportunity and choice to decide our future together.

“We are in the most defining period politically, economically and constitutionally since the Good Friday Agreement 21 years ago. It is time to talk about the future of our island and people together.”

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