Sunday 25 September 2016

SF president says party will campaign against Britain exiting the EU

Published 22/02/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald looks at party president Gerry Adams before a press conference at Wynn's Hotel in Dublin yesterday Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald looks at party president Gerry Adams before a press conference at Wynn's Hotel in Dublin yesterday Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin has confirmed its plans to campaign against Britain leaving the European Union.

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Speaking following a strategy meeting in Dublin yesterday, party leader Gerry Adams and the North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said they were opposed to a so-called 'Brexit'.

Mr McGuinness also strongly criticised the stance taken by Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, one of a number of UK cabinet members who say they will campaign for a 'Brexit' in the referendum on June 23.

"Already, many questions have been raised in the North of a British Secretary of State who has a position to leave the European Union, whether that person has the best interests of people of the North at her heart," Mr McGuinness said.

The senior Sinn Féin politician also said he was disappointed at the decision by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to support Britain leaving the EU.

Mr Adams said although Sinn Féin was critical of the workings of the EU, the prospect of a 'Brexit' was deeply concerning.

"We want to see it more democratic, we want to see it more citizen centred," the Louth TD said.

"But we are against one part of the island being dragged out, if by chance, the people of Britain vote to leave. So we will be campaigning for people to stay, notwithstanding our critical position."

Mr Adams added that a 'Brexit' could result in border controls between the Republic and the North and that such a scenario would be extremely worrying.

Irish Independent

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