Boris urged to prepare for the break-up of the UK as Sinn Fein sends warning to PM

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Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill told Sky News that Brexit has made the possibility of a united Ireland “closer than we’ve ever been previously”. Ms O’Neill also said the Irish Government should prepare for a united island of Ireland and warned Boris Johnson that the break-up of the UK was his own doing. The Sinn Féin vice-president also claimed the Prime Minister and his party could “not care less” about people living in Northern Ireland.

Ms O’Neill accused the British Government of putting the Brexit deal they signed themselves “in jeopardy”.

She also credited Brexit for showing the people in Northern Ireland that the Tories would never prioritise their interests.

The Sinn Fein politician said: “This Tory government, Boris Johnson has shown at every turn that they could not care less for the people that live here.

“If that last couple of years of Brexit has taught us anything, it’s that the Tories will never prioritise the interests of people here, whether you be Unionist, Nationalist, or other.”

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She went on to attack the British Government for imposing Brexit on Northern Ireland.

Ms O’Neill said: “There was never cross-community support for Brexit. The majority of people here, the majority of political parties on a cross-community basis, voted to reject Brexit.

“Yet it was foisted upon us. It is, in fact, the British government that negotiated the protocol.

“It is, in fact, them who signed up to an international treaty, which they have been putting in jeopardy ever since the ink was barely dry on the agreement itself.

When asked about the prospect of a Sinn Fein First Minister, Ms O’Neill said: “It will be the people who will decide who they elect.

“They will decide who will be the largest party. We’re a society that comes from conflict and we have had a very difficult past.

“We also have to recognise that we’ve all had a very different experience of the past.

“But we also have to deal with the past so this British government, who are intent on trying to cover over what they did here, isn’t a good situation because how do we build a better future if we don’t properly deal with the past?”



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