‘DUP betraying the public over Brexit’ – McDonald

Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused the DUP of betraying the public by pursuing a Tory-led Brexit at any cost.

Speaking at Stormont today, she criticised the ‘playground rhetoric’ of the DUP after MP Sammy Wilson accused the Irish Government of ‘Brit-bashing’.

Mary-Lou McDonald said: “The DUP are on the wrong side of the Brexit argument and every time they argue for it, they actually betray the best interests of everybody who lives in the north of Ireland, whether nationalist or unionist.

“They have been found out and are now hiding behind that type of bluster.

“The more serious issue is the fact that almost two years on from the EU referendum, we still await any sense of a plan or an answer from the British Government in respect of the Irish question.

“This is despite the fact that it has been made very clear to Theresa May and her government that there will be no agreement until we have a solution that ensures there is no hardening of the border in Ireland. A solution that ensures there will be no disruption to commerce and industry, the provision of services and the rights of citizens in the north of Ireland.

“But still the Tory government plays games, they propose fantastical non-starters that they claim are solutions related to technology – just for the purpose of clarity there is no technological answer to these matters.

“These are political questions, these are legal questions, these are questions that revolve around protecting people’s livelihoods and the protection of the Good Friday Agreement. Nothing less than that is acceptable.”