Party leaders meet Taoiseach on Brexit deal
Speaking after meeting the Taoiseach and Tanáiste in Dublin this morning along with leaders of the SDLP, the Alliance and the Green parties Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said:
“The leaders of the four parties at today’s meeting represent the views and the interests of the majority of people in the north who voted to remain in the EU.
"The DUP do not speak for the people of the north on Brexit and in fact appear intent on driving our economy over the cliff.
“The meeting with the Taoiseach and the Tanáiste was positive.
“The four parties have worked together to protect the Good Friday Agreement in all of its parts, to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland and to protect our economy, all-Ireland trade and jobs and the future for our children.
“It is Sinn Féin’s clear view that there can be no unilateral withdrawal from the backstop.
“We are broadly positive about what has been achieved but we are still working through the detail of the deal and we sought assurances from the Taoiseach on elements of the agreement including the issue of citizens’ rights.
“Regardless of what happens at Westminster Sinn Féin will continue to work for the protection of the Good Friday Agreement, for citizens’ rights, and to ensure the implementation of the British government’s commitment to the backstop.”