Proposed unilateral action on N. Ireland is ‘wrong’, Sinn Fein tells UK’s Johnson

Proposed unilateral action on N. Ireland is ‘wrong’, Sinn Fein tells UK’s Johnson

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Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (C),  Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and Irish republican Sinn Fein party Northern Leader Michelle O'Neill (L) and member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland for Sinn Fein party Conor Murphy (R) speak to the press as they arrive at the Hillsborough Castl to attend a meeting with Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on May 16, 2022.

Sinn Fein Leader Mary Lou McDonald (C), Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister and Irish republican Sinn Fein party Northern Leader Michelle O’Neill (L) and member of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland for Sinn Fein party Conor Murphy (R) speak to the press as they arrive at the Hillsborough Castl to attend a meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on May 16, 2022. © Paul Faith, AFP

Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald said her party had a “fairly tough” meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday in which they told him taking unilateral action over post-Brexit trade rules for Northern Ireland would be wrong. 

McDonald said Johnson was not clear with her about the details of proposed domestic legislation which would effectively disapply parts of the so-called Northern Ireland protocol.

“We have said directly to him that the proposed unilateral act of legislating at Westminster is wrong. It seems to us absolutely extraordinary that the British government would propose to legislate to break the law,” McDonald told reporters following a meeting with Johnson in Northern Ireland. “We’ve had no straight answers really from the British Prime Minister.”

(REUTERS)

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