Speaking after a phone call with British Secretary of State Karen Bradley today, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill said today that the price of the Tories’ toxic pact with the DUP is no Assembly and no Executive.
Michelle O’Neill said:
“I spoke to the British Secretary of State Karen Bradley today and it is abundantly clear that her government’s plan is to do nothing to help restore the political institutions in the north.
“The Tory government has no regard for the people of the north and the price of its toxic pact with the DUP is no Assembly and no Executive.
“They continue to put their own selfish party political interests above the need to have political institutions which can deliver front-line public services and equality for all our citizens.
“The British government continues to facilitate the DUP’s denial of rights enjoyed by citizens everywhere else on these islands
“The denial of marriage rights, language rights, women’s rights and the right to a coroner’s inquest would not be tolerated in Britain and is unacceptable in the north.”
Michelle O’Neill also said that publication by the British government of guidance on a No Deal Brexit confirms the Tories’ absolute contempt for the people of the north. She said:
“The guidance published today confirms the absolute contempt and blatant disregard the Tories have for the people of the north.
“It confirms the disastrous consequences of Brexit, including more bureaucracy and more expense for businesses.
“It also confirms the British government’s utter lack of preparation for the No Deal scenario they are hurtling towards.
“There is an onus on the Taoiseach and the Tanáiste to stand up for the rights of Irish citizens and in the national interest on Brexit and there needs to be an urgent special meeting in September between Britain and the EU to deal exclusively with the arrangements for the north.” ENDS/CRÍOCH