Gildernew in London call for unity referendum
Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew said today that economic and demographic dynamics make Irish unity a realistic objective and she called for a unity referendum to be held within five years.
The Fermanagh South Tyrone MP was addressing a commemoration held today in London in memory Michael Barrett, a member of the Fenian Brotherhood who was executed after a show trial in May 1868.
Michelle Gildernew said:
“If we are to achieve anything – we have to first convince progressive voices here in Britain of our vision of Irish unity.
“As the English Tories stumble around, trying to devise a strategy to impose Brexit – we as republicans have to translate the appeal of a united Ireland from the emotional to the practical.
“There is a role for people in Britain in this discussion. They must become persuaders for unity.
“We need to harness the power, influence, and expertise of the Irish community living in Britain.
"We are clear - Irish unity makes sense. Political sense. Economic sense.
“The Good Friday Agreement provides a legislative, peaceful and democratic route to achieve this goal.
“Recent economic and demographic dynamics in Ireland make reunification a realistic objective and we are calling for a unity referendum to be held in the next five years.”