Sinn Féin Deputy Leader: "DUP hell-bent on reckless, blinkered Brexit strategy" 5 months ago

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader: "DUP hell-bent on reckless, blinkered Brexit strategy"

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O'Neill has slammed the DUP for their approach to Brexit.

A statement from the DUP earlier on Tuesday confirmed that the party would not be supporting the latest iteration of Theresa May's withdrawal agreement, which includes a backstop that would prevent a hard border across Ireland.

"The EU has shown considerable patience and a willingness to facilitate a Brexit agreement that enables Britain to leave the EU without creating a hard border in Ireland, or undermining the Good Friday Agreement," said O'Neill on Tuesday.

The statement from the DUP earlier on called the European Union "intransigent."

O'Neill has argued that "the way to achieve that is through the Withdrawal Agreement and the ‘backstop’ contained within it. There can be no deviation or diminution from that position."

"The DUP continues to ignore these warnings, just as they ignore the fact that the majority of people in the north voted against Brexit in the first place.

"This blinkered strategy is reckless in the extreme. It is driving us all towards a no-deal crash that would be catastrophic.

"At this critical time the DUP have a choice to make. It is time to put people’s jobs, livelihoods and peace first before selfish party political interests."