Saturday 3 December 2016

Ireland must hope May doesn't follow traditional Tory hard line

Published 05/10/2016 | 02:30

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Reuters/Carl Court /Pool
British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Reuters/Carl Court /Pool

"Those who consented to the surrender of our sovereignty in 1972 will have to think again that the surrender we made is not irrevocable...Parliament still has the power (thank God) to reclaim what has been surrendered by treaty. It is time we told the other European nations what we mean by self-Government."

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These are not the words of Theresa May, but of Enoch Powell in 1972.

The time has come for British Prime Minister May to follow his advice. For our sake in the Republic, we hope she does not follow his advice on the issue of the Border. Powell said: "So long as we continue to treat the Republic and its citizens as we treat ourselves, no one, whether friend or foe, will believe us when we claim that Ulster is unalterably part of this realm."

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