Sunday 25 February 2018

Gerry Adams confirms Sinn Féin will NOT be taking seats in Westminster

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams arrives at the Titanic exhibition centre in Belfast where counting is taking place in the 2017 General Election. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams arrives at the Titanic exhibition centre in Belfast where counting is taking place in the 2017 General Election. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Gerry Adams has confirmed Sinn Fein will not be taking any seats in Westminster, no matter what the outcome of the election.

He told Sky News if Sinn Fein win any seats it will have been "on the basis of us not taking our seats".

"We don't have any real interest in what happens in the British parliament," he said.

He said centre of gravity is in Northern Ireland in Sinn Fein's view.

Mr Adams said Jeremy Corbyn is a "politician of principle" will "understand the Sinn Fein position".

Asked how he would respond if Mr Corby offered him a referendum on Irish unity Mr Adams responded: "We are going to get a referendum anyway, that is is a matter of time."

"It's not a matter of if we get a referendum but when we get a refendum."

Mr Adams caused a stir at the centre in Belfast when he turned up wearing socks featuring Muppet character Animal.

The Sinn Féin President tweeted: "More snappers taking pics of my socks than candidates. Not much else doing. Counts continuing. By the way it's 'Animal'. 'Beware the Beast'."

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