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‘British govt playing fast and loose with Agreement’, O’Neill tells Brexit minister

20 August, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill


Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill today told British Brexit minister Steve Barkley that his government was playing fast and loose with the Good Friday Agreement and putting the economy and peace process at risk.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“I told the British Brexit Minister that he and his government are playing fast and loose with the Good Friday Agreement in their pursuit of a reckless no-deal Brexit, which will lead to a hard border on the island of Ireland.

“They have shown no regard for the majority of the people of the north who voted to remain in the EU.

“Their crash-out Brexit plan will put our economy and the gains made in the peace process at risk.

“The best way to protect the livelihoods, the economy and the peace process is to implement the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop.

“The backstop is supported by our businesses, our agri-food producers and manufacturers, our community sector and by the majority of our political parties.

“it is an insurance policy which should remain in place unless and until an alternative is found.” 

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