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DUP ‘tore up’ joint Brexit approach – O’Neill

16 September, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

A united position seeking to protect the North’s economy from Brexit, was ‘torn up’ by the DUP when it entered a pact with the Tory party, Sinn Féin Leas Uachtarán Michelle O’Neill has said.

Referencing the 2016 joint letter in which then First and Deputy First Minister Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness urged the British Government to recognise the unique circumstances here and to ensure that Brexit does not harden the border or damage our economy, Michelle O’Neill said the DUP had since ignored their own advice.

“Over recent days, a number of DUP representatives have begun referencing the 2016 letter in a clear sign that they are under increasing pressure over their reckless support for a hard Brexit,” Michelle O’Neill said.

“However, the DUP effectively tore up that letter when they entered into a confidence and supply arrangement with the Tory party in which they promised to support all Brexit legislation before they had even seen it.

“The DUP ignored Arlene Foster’s own advice in the letter which recognised the need for unique solutions in the North and instead blindly followed the Tory party Brexiteers who have brought us to the point of a catastrophic crash.

“The joint approach that matters now is that set out by the pro-Remain parties in their letter to the European Council President last month setting out the requirement for ‘a legally operable guarantee to protect the Good Friday Agreement, maintain north-south co-operation and preserve the all-island economy and to prevent a return to physical infrastructure on our border or physical checks at or near the border is necessary to preserve the progress that we have made.’

“There can be no divergence from this joint position so the DUP should step back from the Brexit brink and start prioritising the needs of our people, businesses, farmers and communities over the right-wing fantasies of the British Tory party.”

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