Brokenshire can’t wish away Irish unity despite bizarre comments – McCallion

Sinn Féin MLA Elisha McCallion said today it will be for the people of this island to decide their future and not James Brokenshire or the British Tory party who have no mandate in Ireland.

Elisha McCallion was speaking after bizarre comments by Mr Brokenshire that nationalists and republicans don’t necessarily support a United Ireland.

Elisha McCallion said:5

“The Good Friday Agreement contains provision for a referendum on Irish unity and that cannot be wished away by James Brokenshire and his Tory colleagues.

“It will be up to the people of Ireland to decide their future not the man from Old Bexley and Sidcup and his Tory party who have no mandate in Ireland.

“His bizarre comments on Irish nationalist and republican voters beggar belief.

“In the recent Assembly election Sinn Féin received a huge mandate of more than 224,000 votes for our platform of equality, respect and integrity in the political institutions and for our support for Irish unity.

“Support for Irish unity is growing, a recent Lucidtalk opinion poll showed that a majority of people in the North are in favour of holding a referendum on Irish unity.

“Sinn Féin has called for a referendum on Irish unity to be held within the next five years.

“The outgoing Tory government has pandered to the DUP and political unionism since coming to office in 2010, James Brokenshire’s comments are simply more of the same nonsense.”