O’Neill: The Protocol Bill will have ‘tremendous political and economic consequences’


hechelle O’Neill warns that the British government’s plan to repeal the Northern Ireland Protocol would have “tremendous political and economic consequences”.

The Sun Fan Stormont leader said Boris Johnson’s plan to override parts of the protocol had “sounded alarm bells” across Europe and the United States.

Speaking at the annual Wolfe Tone commemoration ceremony in Bodenstown, Co Kildare, the first nominee told the crowd that it was an “undeniable fact” that the protocol was working.

Ms O’Neill added: “Boris Johnson is unable to accept straightforwardly, honestly and truthfully that this is the case.”

Sunfan president Marie Lou MacDonald, left, and Michelle O’Neill walk to Bodens Town Cemetery, Company Kildier (Brian LaLace / PA) / PA Wire

“This week’s attempts by Boris Johnson to sabotage the Protocol have sounded alarm bells across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, and have awakened all those who value the Good Friday Agreement and Concerned about the security of our peace and development.

It is not taken lightly that the British government rejects international law in such a reckless manner, and only for its own self-interest.

“Boris Johnson knows that the gamble of the protocol is to jeopardize the British government’s withdrawal from the EU and its future trade relations with tremendous political and economic implications.

The Tories have no mandate on the island.

“However, the newly elected MLAs do have a majority and there is a majority in the assembly that supports the protocol because it is working, giving us continuous access to the European single market, creating jobs. And there are economic benefits. “

We need to maximize the full economic potential and opportunities for everyone on the island.

Ms O’Neill called on all of Northern Ireland to rejoin the European Union and said the Irish government should “plan for constitutional change”.

“We need all of Ireland to rejoin the European Union,” he added.

“We need the Irish National Health Service, free admission. We need to deal with the climate crisis on our island.

“We need to eliminate duplication of public services.

“We need to maximize the full economic potential and opportunities for everyone on the island.

A band arrives at Bodenstown Cemetery, Co Kildare for the annual Sunfen Wolf Tone Memorial (Brian Lawless / PA) / PA Wire

“For many, the frustration, the impatience and the urgency for change are growing.

Planning a constitutional change is a direct challenge and responsibility to the current Irish government.

“To avoid the dangers, risks and pitfalls of the Bridgett referendum in the UK.”

Ms O’Neill also told the crowd that Sunfan’s recent victory in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections reflected “changing public attitudes”.

Sunfen is the largest party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, winning 27 seats for the first time.

The DUP has blocked the appointment of a new ministerial executive following last month’s assembly elections in protest of the protocol, which has created economic barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Ms. O’Neill reiterated her call for the DUP to be made an executive.

“Regardless of religious, political or social background, our commitment is that politics is about working with others who want development through partnership, collaboration and delivery,” Ms. O’Neill added.

“Sinn Fein wants to work with others to deliver to the people. We are now ready to become an executive.

We need to put more than £ 400 million into people’s pockets to help meet the cost of living, and reduce waiting lists, support cancer and mental health services and recruit more doctors and nurses. One billion euros more needs to be put into the health service.

“Workers and families are struggling. They need our help.

“The DUP needs to stop blocking an executive, so that we can provide immediate assistance to such people.”