Patsy McGlone MLA for Mid Ulster

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Assembly Questions

Patsy McGlone 30th October 2017

McGlone: Sinn Fein’s negotiating to deliver British Direct Rule

SDLP MLA for Mid Ulster, Patsy McGlone, has warned that Northern Ireland is hours away from British Direct Rule being enforced by a Tory Government in Westminster.

In the continued absence of an Executive, the Mid Ulster MLA said that the only way to maintain the essential balance of Northern Ireland’s political accommodation was for both Governments, representing both traditions in the North, to step in and, instead, provide joint stewardship of our politics.

Mr McGlone said, “The Stormont talks appear to be following an all too familiar pattern - plenty of talk but very little progress. Last week we called on the DUP and Sinn Féin to finally publish their papers and show the public what progress, if any, they had made. Seven days later, and the public are still waiting for answers.

“We now find ourselves hours away from a Tory government in Westminster taking direct control of Northern Ireland.

“No-one should be blind as to the fact that Sinn Fein’s negotiating is set to deliver British Direct Rule.

“A Tory government dependent on DUP MPs is a combination which will do nothing to respect the Irish identity or protect our collective rights. It will not protect local hospital services or our schools. Surrendering power to such a government is a compromise the SDLP would never have made.

“In the absence of an Executive and Assembly, giving representation to the North’s two traditions falls on both the Irish and British Governments. That is the basis of all our political agreements and it is the accommodation we all signed up to.

“Maintaining that balance demands the joint stewardship of the North by the two governments.”