The backstop is the bare minimum needed to protect Irish rights and agreements - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Reacting to the statement from British Prime Minister May today, the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
"Tory party theatrics and Westminster side shows cannot be allowed to distract from the very real threat that Brexit poses to Ireland.
"The British government has a responsibility to uphold the Good Friday Agreement. There can be no diminution of Irish rights and agreements. We will not be held to ransom by the Tory Brexit agenda and party in-fighting.
"Whatever is brought forward by Prime Minister May next week must be consistent with the Withdrawal Agreement which she herself negotiated.
"There is no good Brexit. But the backstop is the bare minimum needed to protect Irish interests and avoid a hard border in Ireland.
"On the question of a second referendum - it should be remembered that people in the north voted to remain in the EU. Any second referendum must include the option to remain. The democratic choice made by the people in the north must be respected and binding."