Remain vote in the North “must be respected” – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking this evening regarding Brexit, Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald TD has said:

“Today has been a calamitous day in Westminster. 

“The arguments being played out in the Tory party about Brexit are ones which citizens on the island of Ireland will pay a high price for generations, if a suitable deal is not agreed between Britain and the EU27 over the coming weeks.

“The people of the North voted to remain in the EU. Since that vote, we in Sinn Féin have campaigned for that vote to be respected and the unique circumstances of Ireland to be reflected in any Withdrawal Agreement. 

“We have stood with the Irish government and parties in the north to secure a deal that safeguards the rights of citizens, our Agreements, our economic interests and one that averts a hard border.

“There is no such thing as a good Brexit.

“What is on the table is an agreement that, if implemented, will merely mitigate against the worst aspects of Brexit.

“It will not stop it. Brexit is still bad for everyone – on this island, in Britain and in the EU.

“It is disappointing that the DUP have sought to take the side of the Tory Brexiteers over the needs of the people of the north

“Over the past day we have been in contact with British Prime Minister, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste as we face onto the next phase of the Brexit process. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to advocate in the interests of all our people and our economy with the governments in Dublin and London, and with the EU.” CRÍOCH/ENDS