Disregard for Ireland plain to see in Westminster - Mary Lou McDonald
Commenting following the landslide rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
"The British Parliament voted by a landslide to reject the Withdrawal Agreement and Theresa May's latest proposals.
"The scenes tonight show the absolute disregard for the people of Ireland, for our rights, our economy and the Good Friday Agreement that is at the heart of the Tory Brexit agenda.
"Sinn Féin and the majority of parties across this island, know there is no good or sensible Brexit.
"The Withdrawal Agreement is imperfect but it is the only deal on offer.
"The ‘backstop’ contained is a guarantee that no hard border will be imposed on this island and protects the Good Friday Agreement.
"We are seventeen days away from Brexit and the uncertainty and confusion continues.
"A crash out Brexit would be unthinkable for the peace process, jobs, trade and to the loss of people’s rights and quality of life, particularly in border communities.
"Despite giving assurances to Theresa May the EU has made clear that the Withdrawal Agreement is not going to be reopened for negotiation.
“There is now a need to intensify planning for a no-deal crash with an imperative to ensure no return to a hard border, protections of our agreements and safeguarding the rights of citizens.”