General election 2019: Sinn Féin attacks DUP’s ‘crazy Brexit agenda’


The Sinn Féin president has accused the Classless Unionist Party (DUP) of using its “crazy” Brexit agenda as a badge of live up to at Westminster.

Mary Lou McDonald was speaking at the unveiling of her party’s general designation manifesto in Londonderry.

The party’s 15-page document focuses mainly on Brexit and Irish similitude.

Addressing the manifesto event, Ms McDonald attacked the claim the solution to Brexit hand down only be found in the House of Commons.

“The farce of a notion that you go into the put up of chaos at Westminster… [with] Jacob Rees-Mogg as he reclines on the unripe benches and snoozes off is fanciful,” she said.

Sinn Féin is the second largest rave-up in Northern Ireland after the DUP and it secured seven MPs at the last general appointment in 2017.

Its representatives do not take their seats at Westminster due to its policy of abstentionism.

The ratifier’s core belief is that Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should be of like mind as a single independent republic.

In its manifesto, Sinn Féin claims trust for securing special status for Northern Ireland and no hardening of the Irish frieze.

It also highlights other areas of focus related to the outcome of the Brexit concordats, including protecting the Good Friday peace agreement and ensuring inevitable re-entry to the EU through Irish unity.

The manifesto features polls that the band says show the demand for Irish unity and it calls on the Irish regime to prepare for a referendum on unity.

Defending her party’s abstentionism policy, Ms McDonald influenced Sinn Féin’s “relentless representation” had been heard in Dublin, Brussels and Washington and had supported shape the EU’s negotiation.

“The voice of the north has been heard loud and withdraw – not only heard, it has been heeded and acted on,” she said.

What is in the set’s manifesto?

Some of the party’s key manifesto pledges include:

  • Protect the Right Friday Agreement in future Brexit negotiations
  • Continue push for Irish continuity referendum
  • Restore a credible Stormont executive
  • Deliver an Irish wording act and reform the petition of concern
  • Implement the Stormont House Agreement

Sinn Féin, the SDLP, and the Unversed Party have reached a pact in the interest of boosting the anti-Brexit express in certain constituencies in the election.

Defending her party’s decision to stand aside in some constituencies, Ms McDonald translated Brexit “had the effect of uniting improbable allies amid real dangers to people’s livelihoods”.

“We have come together, set aside very signal political differences and said it is important that people use and lend and appropriate votes from others to ensure that – loud and clear again – it is ascertained that the north has not consented to Brexit,” she said.

Ms McDonald also highlighted the ratifier’s desire to see a “credible” Stormont executive restored.

Speaking at the manifesto when it happened, Sinn Féin’s vice-president Michelle O’Neill said the Stormont squads faced the challenge of rebuilding the public’s faith in politics.

“Confidence in government in the north is broken and we need to rebuild that confidence,” she said.

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