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'There can be no unionist veto on backstop' - O'Neill

21 May, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O'Neill has said the British government and parliament need to realise the Irish backstop cannot be negotiated or voted away.

Michelle O'Neill said: 

"The majority of people of the north did not consent to Brexit and rejected it at the polls. 

"The 'new offer' announced by British prime minister Theresa May contains little new thinking. 

"Westminster is in chaos and what we heard today from Theresa May will do little to convince the business community or anyone else here that is likely to change. 

"The backstop as already agreed represents the only legal guarantee to avoid a hard border. 

"The backstop is not open to renegotiation. It represents the minimum protections the people of Ireland require.

 "It cannot be negotiated, wished or voted away by the British government or British parliament.

"Brexit will be disastrous for the economy. The north cannot withstand exclusion form the customs union and single market. 

"Theresa May has proposed a role for a future Assembly and Executive in deciding on Brexit but she and whoever succeeds her as British prime minister needs to realise that there can be no unionist veto."

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