Louth Sinn Féin has launched its plan to address the immediate social and economic issues arising from Brexit, including the need for a referendum on Irish Unity.
The event, which took place in An Táin, Dundalk, on Friday 1st March, was chaired by Councillor Anne Campbell and attended by numerous Sinn Féin activists and members of the local media.
Councillor Ó Murchú said, “With just over 4 weeks to go before the March 29th deadline it’s fair to say that the chaos in the British government surrounding Brexit has reached new depths of confusion.
“The British Conservative Party and Parliament are as deeply divided as ever as a result of that government’s incompetence in managing the self-inflicted Brexit crisis. “Brexit poses a significant threat to the economy of County Louth, to jobs and infrastructure. It threatens the two economies on this island, will undermine social cohesion, and directly attacks the Good Friday Agreement.
“In the referendum in 2016 the clear majority of voters in the North voted to remain within the EU. The DUP and the British government continue to disrespect that democratic vote.
“Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned in the European Parliament, the Dáil and Westminster to ensure there is no hard border and that communities and businesses, especially along the border corridor, are protected.
“The withdrawal agreement, and in particular the backstop arrangement, if implemented would go some way to achieving this objective. “However, we should not lose sight of the fact that the current draft withdrawal agreement will not stop Brexit.
“The onus to defend the two economies on this island and the rights of citizens in the North, rests squarely with the Irish government.
“The Irish Government in its lobby of our EU neighbours on Brexit rightly stressed the centrality of the Good Friday Agreement to the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
“Yet we have the Tánaiste and the Taoiseach repeatedly dismissing a part of the agreement, which is a referendum on Irish unity.
“That too is a key provision and an integral part of the Good Friday Agreement.
“The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste cannot cherry-pick from the Good Friday Agreement. There is a responsibility and a constitutional obligation to promote the goal of Irish unity and to work to achieve it through democratic dialogue and negotiation.
“This paper seeks to address the immediate social and economic issues arising from Brexit, including the need for a referendum on Irish Unity.”