Brexit vote means Irish unity back on agenda, says Sinn Fein

Sunday, April 16, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE leader of Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland Michelle O’Neill has said that the Brexit vote has meant that the question of a united Ireland is now back on the agenda.

Sun, Apr 16, 2017

The 40-year-old, who took over from Martin McGuinness in January this year, said that the decision by Britain to leave the European Union (EU) had “changed everything” during the annual oration at Glasnevin cemetery in Dublin on the 101st anniversary of the rebellion.

She said: “The Brexit referendum result has swept away many of the previous political assumptions about the constitutional, political and economic status quo in Ireland.

“Ireland’s political landscape, North and South, will change dramatically – and this poses a severe threat to the Good Friday Agreement and the political and economic future of the island.

“This has brought the issue of Irish reunification firmly back on to the political agenda.

“The people of the North clearly voted to see their future in the European Union in the referendum last June. Those who voted remain came from all walks of life. They were nationalists, unionists, republicans and others.

“They did so not because the EU is such a great institution, but because it is in their best interests politically, socially and economically and because they did not want to see any strengthening of the border in Ireland.

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