Sinn Féin clarifies it wont take Westminster seats after McGuinness unclear comments

first_img Short URL Share183 Tweet Email2 Nov 4th 2016, 6:40 PM 15,508 Views 56 Comments We have no intention of reviewing that position.Although the overall result of the UK referendum saw 52% vote to leave the European Union, the majority result in Northern Ireland was to remain – creating a split within the Union over whether they should leave, and a scramble for loopholes.Yesterday, London’s High Court ruled that only parliament alone, and not the sitting government, can instigate the process to extricate Britain from the EU – a decision which could slow down the whole process of Brexit.Read: We won’t be getting a bank holiday to celebrate the Easter RisingRead: Fifa charge Ireland over Easter Rising commemorative jersey Who knows where all of this is going to end up? There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that all of us face immense challenges that lie ahead. http://jrnl.ie/3063934 POLITICAL PARTY SINN Féin have clarified that they won’t take their seats at Westminster parliament, following comments by the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness that left things a little unclear.The party’s policy of abstentionism, or refusing to take their seats in parliament, has been used by Sinn Féin as a form of political protest against the British government and against the oath of allegiance to the royal family.The Belfast Telegraph reports that McGuinness declined to rule out that the party’s MPs would attend Westminster to vote against Brexit, telling a Stormont press conference:center_img Sinn Féin MPs will not be taking their seats at Westminster as they stood on an abstentionist platform and are therefore mandated not to attend. Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:40 PM Sinn Féin clarifies it won’t take Westminster seats, after McGuinness’ unclear comments When asked if Sinn Féin would vote against Brexit in Westminster, McGuinness said “Who knows where all of this is going to end up?” McGuinness added that there was a lot of uncertainty around the future, and that Sinn Féin’s four MPs “were opposed to Brexit”.A spokesperson for Sinn Féin denied the party’s long-held policy towards Westminster would change, issuing the following statement: As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gráinne Ní Aodhalast_img

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