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Sinn Féin President responds to selection of a new British Prime Minister

24 July, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has responded to the selection of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

She has written to the new British Prime Minster highlighting the threat of Brexit, the need to restore the power sharing institutions of the Good Friday Agreement and to establish clear criteria for the calling of a referendum on Irish Unity.

She said: 

“I have written to Boris Johnson seeking a meeting in the coming days on a range of issues including the threat of Brexit, the need to restore the power sharing institutions of the Good Friday Agreement and to establish clear criteria for the calling of a referendum on Irish Unity.

“I have reminded the new Prime Minister of the requirement of the British government to honour and implement their commitments under the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements. Agreements that are incompatible with Brexit. The people of the north voted to remain within the EU and that vote must be respected.

“There is a pressing need to restore the power sharing institutions in the north, which has been held up by the DUP’s continued denial of rights and the continued operation of that party’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Tories.

“Sinn Féin has engaged constructively in the talks process and we want to ensure the institutions are operating to the highest standard and delivering for all in society. The restoration of the institutions requires a fundamental change in the approach of the British government.

“Most critically, this requires the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements and full recognition of the rights and equality of all citizens.”

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