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Ireland will not be collateral damage in Tory Brexit chaos – Mary Lou McDonald TD

24 September, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that the British Supreme Court ruling “reflects the chaos that has arisen on Boris Johnson’s watch”.

She said:

“Boris Johnson needs to understand that Ireland will not be the collateral damage for his Tory Brexit ambitions.

“It comes as no surprise that the Tory party would disregard democracy. The British Government has ridden roughshod over the democratic will of the people of the north of Ireland who did not consent to Brexit and who voted to remain.

“Brexit has been driven by the hardliners in the Tory party. It is our job to defend our national interests. The backstop, in its entirety, is the bottom line to protect Irish rights and agreements. It is imperative that Irish leaders remain steadfast in this position. Now is not the time to blink.

“We should not be distracted by the ongoing drama at Westminster. We need a united front to stand up for our people, to protect our livelihoods and our hard-won peace agreements. Planning must also start for constitutional change and ultimately, the ending of partition in Ireland.”

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