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‘Stormont Brexit veto is fantasy politics’ - Anderson

20 May, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP


It is fantasy politics to suggest that the DUP could be given a Brexit veto via the Stormont Assembly, Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said.

She was commenting as British Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to table the Withdrawal Agreement she negotiated with the EU for a fourth vote in Westminster next month. Amid claims that it will include new references to a role for Stormont in implementing the Backstop, Martina Anderson warned that there can be no veto for the DUP.

She said: “No member state can have a veto over single market and customs union rules so it’s inconceivable that the DUP would be able to block the withdrawal agreement via Stormont in the same way that they have blocked marriage equality and rights for victims, Irish speakers and women.

“As far as the EU is concerned, nobody can be permitted to cherry pick which rules they want to follow and which they don’t.

“The British Government is attempting to use the DUP to give themselves an effective veto over the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. But this is typical Tory/DUP fantasy politics which has no prospect of duping a European Union which has shown itself to be fully aware of the implications of Brexit on the island of Ireland and the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement via the Backstop.”

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