‘Irish unity referendum needs to be on the agenda’ – Murphy

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
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Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy has said that the proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU. ireland8The Newry Armagh MLA was responding to comments by British Secretary of State James Brokenshire on a unity referendum. Conor Murphy said, “James Brokenshire represents no one in Ireland. The Tory party has no mandate here. In the last election they received only 2554 votes right across the north; every single one of our elected candidates, and several of those who just missed out on election, got more votes than the entire Tory party did right across the north. “They are in absolutely no position to be telling people here what can and cannot be on the agenda. With the prospect of the north being dragged out of the EU by England, more and more people are open to the idea of exploring new relationships on this island in the context of remaining in the EU. “Sinn Féin has urged the Taoiseach to push ahead with an island-wide dialogue to discuss how the remain vote in the north can be respected.
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July 2016Murphy added, “The proposal for a referendum on Irish unity needs to be part of that dialogue and on the agenda of any negotiations between the British and Irish governments and the EU.”

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