Saturday 17 March 2018

DUP wants Sinn Féin MPs to vote - to quell Tory dissent

DUP MP Sammy Wilson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
DUP MP Sammy Wilson. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Christopher Hope

Sinn Féin's MPs should end their 100-year boycott of Westminster and vote to keep Britain in a customs unions after Brexit, says the Democratic Unionist Party.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson says Sinn Fein's six MPs should break with convention because it would ensure Tory MPs who want to remain in the EU would then be unlikely to join the vote against Brexit.

A Sinn Féin vote to keep Britain in the customs union would cut the government majority to six, meaning just over a handful of Tory MPs could defeat the Government.

Sinn Féin has always refused to take its seats and vote in the House of Commons as the party will not swear allegiance to the Queen of England.

Mr Wilson "encouraged" Sinn Fein to vote to keep Britain in the union:

"I would hope Sinn Fein would vote. It would remind those Remainers in the Conservative Party that if they follow their ideological views rather than support the government, they will finish up with a government which contains terrorists. [It would] galvanise the opposition to the cynical attempts by Jeremy Corbyn," he said.

Irish Independent

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