Dodds welcomes PM’s rejection of border poll

15 March 2017

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds has welcomed the Prime Minister’s rejection of calls for a border poll in Northern Ireland. She made the comments in response to a question from Mr Dodds today in the House of Commons.

Nigel Dodds MP

DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs

Nigel Dodds

Welcoming the comments the North Belfast MP said, “The Prime Minister was very clear today that the circumstances have not been met for any border poll to be held in Northern Ireland. Her focus is rightly on the restoration of devolution in Northern Ireland to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland. The collapse of devolution by Sinn Fein has caused enough uncertainty and division in Northern Ireland without that being further compounded through a border poll.

It says something of Sinn Fein’s focus that on a day vital services to vulnerable families were put under threat because the previous Finance Minister did not bring forward a budget, their focus on Monday was on a divisive and unnecessary border poll.

It is notable that Sinn Fein have repeatedly stressed that they want to see previous agreements honoured, but then call for a border poll to be held immediately; something clearly outside the terms of any agreement reached in Northern Ireland.”

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