Friday 24 March 2017

There's a chance to redesign the constitutional future of this island - and we should seize it

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (L) give their reaction to the EU Referendum vote at a press conference outside Stormont Castle in Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (R) and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams (L) give their reaction to the EU Referendum vote at a press conference outside Stormont Castle in Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Gerry Adams

Last week, for only the second time since partition, nationalists and unionists and republicans in the North voted together in common cause.

The first time was in 1998, when the people of the North rejected the DUP's opposition to the Good Friday Agreement. This time, unionists, republicans and nationalists repeated that extraordinary vote and the majority of citizens in the North voted to remain within the European Union.

Sinn Féin has been, and is, opposed to many aspects of the EU - but it does not make sense for one part of our island to be inside the EU and the other outside.

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