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McDonald tells British Prime Minister – “No hard border in Ireland”

4 April, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Speaking following a phone call with the British Prime Minister, the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald reiterated her party’s opposition to a hard border in Ireland.

Ms McDonald likened a hard border in Ireland as “akin to putting the Berlin Wall back up”.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“This afternoon we spoke to the British Prime Minister Theresa May and we reiterated our steadfast opposition to a return to a hard border in Ireland.

“Such a scenario would be akin to putting the Berlin Wall back up.

“While the Withdrawal Agreement is imperfect, for Ireland it remains the bottom line. Mrs May was unable to give any assurance that her deal will come to fruition. The prospects of a crash Brexit are high.

“In this scenario it is crucial that the national interests of the island of Ireland are paramount and while we must protect the integrity of the Single Market, we must also recognise that the border is about more than economics – it is about people, agreements and rights.

“In the event of a crash the only way to ensure no return to a hard border is to put the constitutional question to the people in a referendum on unity.”

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