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Real, full and meaningful power-sharing the solution to Stormont impasse – Mary Lou McDonald TD

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said that the British Government needs to “get real on Brexit and on restoring power-sharing in the North.”

Teachta McDonald was commenting after leading a party delegation, including Chief Negotiator Conor Murphy MLA, to meet British Secretary of State Julian Smith in Dublin today.

Deputy McDonald said:

“There are solutions to the current impasse in the north. These solutions lie in real, full and meaningful power-sharing where citizens’ rights and identities are protected.

“There is a solution to the question of Brexit in the form of the imperfect backstop that is the bare minimum required to protect Irish rights and agreements. The British government knows this and it is high time that they faced up to it.

“The backstop is supported by the majority of parties in the north. This was made clear in a recent letter signed by the parties to the EU Council President last month. The DUP should join in this consensus with the other parties to safeguard our economy, the rights of citizens and the Good Friday Agreement

“Sinn Féin has told Boris Johnson’s Government, in no uncertain terms, that it needs to get real on Brexit, stop placating the hardliners in the DUP and get on with restoring power-sharing in the North.

“Boris Johnson is peddling a myth that he can somehow get the right-wing fantasy Brexit deal he craves in new negotiations with Brussels. He is absolutely wrong in that because Europe has made it repeatedly clear that there can be no deal that undermines the Good Friday Agreement or leads to any hardening of the border in Ireland.

“The British Government needs to start dealing in facts rather than fantasy. The continuing failure to challenge the DUP over its ongoing denial of rights to the LGBT community, women, Irish speakers and victims has gone on too long. It is time to embrace the solutions.”

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