News | Hanna: FMDFM letter to PM is 'breath-taking reverse ferret' by NI's chief Leave campaigner and signals confusion within Sinn Fein

Hanna: FMDFM letter to PM is 'breath-taking reverse ferret' by NI's chief Leave campaigner and signals confusion within Sinn Fein

SDLP MLA for South Belfast Claire Hanna says Northern Ireland's chief Leave campaigner is now articulating reasons we should remain in the EU while Martin McGuinness is acting against the wishes of other members of his party who have joined the SDLP fight against the Prime Minister's intention to trigger Article 50.

 "While we agree with the points made in the letter it is frustrating that OFMDFM did not acknowledge and campaign on these issues prior to the referendum. The letter reads like a pro-remain information leaflet. Indeed, the SDLP campaigned on every one of these issues - particularly on the border, avoiding labour shortages and the loss of EU funding - and the DUP dismissed us at every turn. 

"It is also disappointing that the letter accepts the Prime Minister's intention to trigger Article 50; against the democratic will of the people of Northern Ireland who voted to remain- a vote Sinn Fein had previously pledged to respect and appear to be capitulating on.

"The First Minister has serious questions to answer over the breath-taking reverse ferret she is currently performing. Ms Foster has clearly realised the error of her ways in backing Brexit and now the horse has bolted, is asking the Conservative Government to close the gate. 

"Once again Sinn Fein is taking its lead from the DUP in the Executive. It failed to fully mobilise behind the campaign to remain in the EU and appears unable to stand up to the DUP by fighting for the democratic will of the people by going along with Arlene's determination to see Article 50 triggered and the North dragged out of Europe. 

"It must have slipped Martin McGuinness' mind that a senior Sinn Fein MLA has signed up to the same legal challenge that the SDLP are committed to, along with a number of other parties and agencies, to prevent the North from being removed against our will. It is also a substantial oversight that this letter was not copied to Enda Kenny as there is a substantial North South Dimension. 

"What is glaringly obvious is the Executive has no plan for how to deal with any of these issues. This matter is too critical to be left to those who failed to understand the issue in the first place or someone who can't make up his mind. The SDLP is calling for the urgent development of a Brexit Committee in the Assembly to fully explore the options available to us."

Claire Hanna MP

Email
claire.hanna.mp@parliament.uk
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028 90996066

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