07 February 2019
DUP Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has labelled Sinn Fein’s call for a border poll as little more than a stunt aimed at shoring up their base.
Parliamentary Chief Whip; Spokesman on Defence and business in the House of Commons
Mr Donaldson said,
“Sinn Fein is more focused on a border poll than on securing a sensible deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom. Like amateur dramatics on the border, this is careless and nothing but stunt politics.
Playing on people’s fears by spinning tall tales about checkpoints, walls and barbed wire is all designed to build support for a united Ireland rather than reach any consensus. Indeed, judging by their hard border rhetoric, Sinn Fein seem to be cheerleaders for a ‘no deal’ exit. This is downright careless and reckless. Chaos suits that agenda. None of us need it.
This is not unusual or out of character. Sinn Fein collapsed Stormont because the DUP stood up to their shopping list of narrow republican demands. Despite a growing list of problems in our schools and hospitals, Sinn Fein continue the careless politics of ransom by blocking the restoration of Stormont.
Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness had agreed an approach to exiting the EU but then Sinn Fein pulled the plug. Michelle O’Neill and Sinn Fein have side-lined themselves at Stormont and Westminster. They have washed their hands of actual influence and become spectators. Just imagine what we could have done if an Executive and North-South Ministerial Council had been available to enable us all to be engaged, including Dublin. Sinn Fein abandoned this collective approach and now the DUP must do the heavy lifting for Northern Ireland.
Whether it is Brexit or devolution, Sinn Fein do whatever they think is in the interests of a united Ireland. That has always been their approach. We should all remember that Sinn Fein is only a recent convert to the European project having spent decades railing against the corporate elitism of Brussels. But again this change of heart is perceived to be expedient.”