29 October 2019
East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has extended an invite to French President Emmanuel Macron and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades to visit Northern Ireland following their divisive rhetoric on a so called united Ireland.
DUP Spokesman on International Development and Cabinet Office
He has written to the two leaders following comments about a united Ireland as a possible solution to the “Brexit problem”.
Commenting, the DUP MP said, “Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and this cannot be changed without the consent of its people. That is not going to happen. It is ironic that despite the oft-repeated mantra from within the EU about protecting the Belfast Agreement, these two leaders appear so happy to ignore the principle of consent.
Expressions of both Britishness and Irishness exist and prosper inside this part of the United Kingdom, something that would not be the case in any united Ireland. The naïve comments from both leaders demonstrate a lack of understanding about the reality of Northern Ireland and it would be useful for them to come here and see for themselves.
Northern Ireland is best served within the sixth largest economy in the world and the arguments in favour of our place within the United Kingdom will continue to overwhelm those agitating for constitutional change. If these leaders are truly interested in Northern Ireland, beyond naïve attempts to use it as a pawn in the Brexit process then I hope they will take up the invitation to see the reality here for themselves.”