Westminster chaos cannot derail talks progress – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Reacting to Theresa May’s resignation announcement the Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“The chaos at Westminster cannot be allowed to distract from the very real threat that Brexit poses to Ireland. They also should not derail progress in the north talks.
“Irrespective of who leads, it is paramount that people’s rights and agreements are protected.
“Following the British General election Theresa May prioritised a deal with the DUP at Westminster over re-establishing the power-sharing institutions.
“This Tory/DUP deal has had a negative influence on the political process
“Theresa May set unrealisable red lines in the Brexit negotiations and only eventually accepted the need for a Backstop as the bare minimum to avoid a hard border.
“The people want and need a resolution to the impasse in the north to the issues which led to the collapse of the institutions.
“An agreement can be reached and a deal can be done. But the process must not be derailed nor responsibility abdicated in respect of people’s rights and agreements.”