But Buncrana Senator says Sinn Fein members won’t take up their Westminster seats to help block it
THE HIGH court decision that the UK parliament must vote on whether it leaves the EU is another upheaval for the people of Inishowen.
– That’s according to Senator Padraig MacLochlainn who says the uncertainty surrounding Brexit is having a big impact in the peninsula.
Last week the High Court ruled that MPs have to vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU.
This means the government cannot trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – which would begin formal exit negotiations with the EU – on it’s own.
This decision is now being appealed by the government, with a further hearing expected next month.
Senator MacLochlainn says it is totally unconstitutional to the people of Northern Ireland, who voted against Brexit, to withdraw from the EU.
He said: “The Good Friday Agreement was also voted for by the people of Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement is clearly undermined by Brexit.”
However he has ruled out any possibility of Sinn Fein MPs reversing their policy of abstentionism in an effort to block Brexit.
“As an Irish Republican political party, Sinn Féin will absolutely not be taking any seats in the Westminster parliament and pledging an oath of allegiance to the head of the British royal family. We make this very clear to the voters when we contest Westminster elections.”
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