Tuesday 17 October 2017

Irish reunification is best idea around post Brexit- SDLP leader says

An artist's impression of a new cross-border bridge, which has been given the go-ahead in Northern Ireland (NI Department of Environment)
An artist's impression of a new cross-border bridge, which has been given the go-ahead in Northern Ireland (NI Department of Environment)

Niall O’Connor in Glenties, Co Donegal

IRISH reunification is the “biggest and best idea around” and must now be considered in light of ‘Brexit’, according to SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.

Speaking at the MacGill Summer School, Mr Eastwood described the fact that a border poll is now firmly on the political agenda as a “natural and welcome development”.

And he said that “political life can no longer afford to presume the permanence of anything” after British voters opted to leave the EU.

“The SDLP, as a party, continues to believe that the reunification of Ireland is the biggest and the best idea around,” Mr Eastwood said.

“However if the Brexit result and the demise of David Cameron has also taught us, it is that we should make sure to fight referendums that we are confident of winning.

“Scottish independence campaigners produced a 670 page document outlining the path to independent nationhood and how it would operate.

“It was credible and detailed. Irish nationalism now needs to start on its page one,” he added.

Mr Eastwood’s remarks pit his party firmly in opposite corners to the DUP. The DUP’s MP Ian Paisley jnr yesterday attacked Taoiseach Enda Kenny for claiming that a border poll is now a possibility.

 

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