‘Tragedy’ SF won’t de­bate Brexit fears in West­min­ster

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY MIR­ROR RE­PORTER

SINN Fein’s re­fusal to take their seats in West­min­ster and voice con­cerns over Brexit is a “tragedy”, for­mer Taoiseach John Bru­ton said yes­ter­day.

He claimed the voice of Ir­ish na­tion­al­ism was miss­ing in the de­bate over the UK’S with­drawal from the EU.

Speak­ing on BBC Ra­dio 4’s To­day pro­gramme, he also crit­i­cised Sinn Fein’s “ex­tremely bad” record for not sit­ting in the British par­lia­ment.

The repub­li­can party re­fuses to take its seats out of op­po­si­tion to West­min­ster’s ju­ris­dic­tion in the North and the oath MPS must make to the Queen.

Mr Bru­ton added: “Sinn Fein have re­fused to take their seats on this oc­ca­sion and the most se­ri­ous threats to the po­si­tion of North­ern na­tion­al­ists are now about to be re­alised – with no Sinn Fein, no North­ern na­tion­al­ist voice to ar­gue a dif­fer­ent case.

“I think it’s a great shame, it’s a tragedy.”

He also said there would be a hard bor­der with the North if there is no agree­ment be­tween the UK and the EU.

He said: “There will be a hard bor­der if there is no agree­ment – that’s clear un­der EU law if you look at the paper pro­duced last month by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion.”

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