DUP cannot be allowed to set the pace for Brexit or political progress in the North – McDonald

The Sinn Féin leadership will travel to London today, 15th October, to meet with British Prime Minster Theresa May and British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn. These meetings will focus on the Brexit negotiations and the lack of a talks process to establish the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

The Sinn Féin delegation will be led by Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD and include Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill MLA and Conor Murphy MLA.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:

“The toxic deal between the DUP and the Tory party has deepened the Brexit crisis and stalled progress in re-establishing the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement.

“Brexit is against the democratic will of the people in the north and a disaster for our economy North and South. It risks undermining the Good Friday Agreement, and the progress that we all now take for granted.

“Ireland faces a particular set of challenges with Brexit given our history, our agreements, and our economy. The EU have offered a unique solution for our unique set of circumstances.

“The DUP have set their face against such a deal. This from a party that has blocked access to abortion and marriage equality. Rights that are available in the rest of Ireland and Britain.

“The DUP have aligned themselves with the hard right of the Brexiteers at the cost of imposing a hard Border in Ireland, undermining our agreements and crashing out of the EU without an agreement.

“The DUP do not represent the majority of people in the north on Brexit nor our economic interests and oppose the Good Friday Agreement. They cannot be allowed to set the pace for Brexit or political progress in the North.

“In December, the British Government signed up to an agreement with the EU to protect the Good Friday Agreement, avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, and to put in place a legally enforceable backstop.

“The deal between the DUP and Tory has undermined progress.  The British Prime Minister must place the Good Friday Agreements, progress, and unique circumstances of Ireland above any deal with the DUP.” CRÍOCH/ENDS