O’Neill hails historic win for Remain
Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has hailed Martina Anderson’s poll-topping European election victory as a ‘vital win for all those who wish to remain in the EU’.
Speaking from the count centre in Magherafelt, Michelle O’Neill also thanked all those who had ‘made history’ by endorsing two pro-Remain MEPs.
“This is a vital result in terms of sending the right message to Brussels and Britain that we voted to remain in 2016 – and we are still determined to remain,” she said.
“I would like to thank all those who came out in this election. You have helped make history and it is clearly no coincidence that the result endorsing pro-Remain parties so closely reflects the EU referendum result in the North. People want to see progressive politics and progressive parties working together.
“The British Government and the DUP need to start listening. They need to start respecting the democratic wishes of the people here to remain in the EU. The people gave their verdict in 2016 and they have reaffirmed it here today – there is no good Brexit for Ireland, North or South.”
Michelle O’Neill also paid tribute to the successful Sinn Féin candidate, Martina Anderson.
She commented: “Martina fought a fantastic, energetic campaign in much the same way that she has been fighting tirelessly against the toxic Brexit agenda and to prevent the people here being dragged out of the EU against their will.
“It is crucial that we are sending her back to Brussels to continue that fight.
“Brexit has not yet happened and it may not happen at all. Equally, a catastrophic No-Deal deal crash is still possible. In any case, there are major negotiations and upheaval ahead – particularly in terms of safeguarding your rights as EU citizens. It’s vital that we have the strongest possible voice in there fighting on your behalf and that is precisely what we have delivered in this election.”