Friday 20 September 2019

'DUP must not have veto,' warns SF over Northern Ireland-only backstop


Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins
Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has warned that the DUP should not have a veto on a potential Northern Ireland-only backstop to avoid a post-Brexit hard Border.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night moved to reassure the DUP, ruling out such a scenario by saying it "simply doesn't work for the UK".

However, Mr Johnson has lost his majority in the House of Commons regardless of the DUP's support and there is growing speculation that a regulatory border down the Irish Sea could be the solution to the Brexit impasse.

Among proposals mooted is a possible role for the Northern Ireland Assembly before such a backstop could be triggered or new EU rules would take effect.

Ms McDonald insisted that the DUP and the Stormont Assembly must not have a veto over such an outcome.

She accused the DUP of "recklessly" pursuing Brexit despite the majority in the North voting to remain in the EU and said there "should be no veto in the protection of Irish interests".

Ms McDonald also claimed Mr Johnson was pursuing a Brexit "fantasy" that's "profoundly stupid and immeasurably dangerous".

Meanwhile, she refused to offer further details on links between her party and English mechanic William Hampton, who left the party £1.5m (€1.65m) in his will.

She said she didn't know him, but: "[Billy] clearly shared our cause."

Irish Independent

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