No hardening of the border, no unionist veto, no return to the past – Sinn Féin President to British Prime Minister

Sinn Féin President, Mary Lou McDonald, spoke by phone with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday lunchtime.

Ms McDonald reminded the British Prime Minister of his obligations under the Good Friday Agreement and told Mr Johnson that there could be no unionist veto on protections for Ireland.

Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Ireland did not consent to Brexit.  The people of the north voted to remain. This afternoon I reminded the British Prime Minister of this and of his obligations under the Good Friday Agreement to ensure no hardening of the border.

“I told the Prime Minister that any deal agreed must have legal and enduring guarantees that deliver for Ireland. There can be no customs border on our island. Our livelihoods, our economy and our peace must be protected.

“I also sought confirmation that there would be no veto gifted to DUP Brexiteers on protections for Ireland – such a position would be intolerable.

“The next week will be critical. Ultimately we need a deal that delivers for Ireland. Prime Minister Johnson and I agreed to stay in contact and continue to engage on these and other important issues.”