‘British government and DUP have no interest in restoring Executive’ – O’Neill
Speaking on the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement Sinn Féin Vice-President Michelle O’Neill said neither the British government or the DUP has any interest in an Executive or an Assembly as they pursue a catastrophic Brexit.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I met with the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley this week in London to tell her that it is not tenable having no Executive or Assembly.
“I am fully committed to Sinn Féin playing our full part in any serious and meaningful talks process which remove obstacles to proper power-sharing and which deliver a successful outcome and restore the Assembly.
“We have yet to see Karen Bradley prioritise any such process, and I have told her it is time she did.
“The present reality is that Karen Bradley’s government is wholly reliant on the DUP at Westminster to stay in power.
“Both are at complete odds with the cross-community majority of MLAs and public here who believe there is nothing good to come from Brexit, who do not want any hardening of the border and want to safeguard jobs, livelihoods and peace.
“It therefore appears to us that neither the British Government nor the DUP want an Assembly and Executive at this time which would impede their catastrophic Brexit.
“Westminster and the DUP are charting a disastrous course with a reckless Brexit agenda which is hurtling towards us all.
“This, along with the ongoing denial of rights to an important sections of society in the North and vicious austerity cuts imposed from London are wrong and unjust.
“Now more than ever the Good Friday Agreement political institutions, human rights guarantees and All-Ireland bodies, and the constitutional and legal right of the people to exercise their right to self-determination and a united Ireland through consent, by referendum north and south, must all be defended and built on.”