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Tory election decision effectively scuppered any chance of resolution - Kelly

24 April, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the decision by the British government to call a Westminster election has effectively scuppered any chance of resolution in the Stormont talks. 

Gerry Kelly said: 

"The announcement of the Westminster election effectively scuppered any chance of a resolution which would have seen the institutions restored on the basis of equality, respect and integrity.  

"A resolution was doable at any stage of the talks if there had been political will on behalf of the British government and the DUP.

"Instead the Tories continued to pander to the DUP’s agenda of blocking progress on equality and refusing to give the Lord Chief Justice the funding for legacy inquests.

"We met with the other parties today to discuss ways to maximise the anti-Brexit, anti-austerity, pro-rights vote. 

"These are preliminary discussions and we are exploring the possibilities of achieving a progressive alliance in this election and those talks will continue.

"The focus now moves to the election on June 8th and Sinn Féin is calling on the electorate to send a message to Theresa May that we are opposed to the Tory/DUP Brexit and cuts agenda."

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