The Mid Ulster District Council have voted in support of the Sinn Féin motion calling for the view of the majority of people in the north to be respected in relation to ‘Brexit’.
Group leader for Sinn Féin, Cllr Ronan McGinley, brought the motion to the chamber for discussion after the overwhelming majority of citizens in the north voted to remain in the EU.
Cllr McGinley said:
“I’m happy the Council supported my motion in the July meeting. I asked for the motion to be heard as Sinn Féin are aware that local people are still concerned and anxious about what the future may bring. If Article 50 is triggered and the north of this island is dragged out of Europe against its will, I believe the massive void which will be left will only be filled by the empty promises of the leave campaigners’.
“People are worried about the impact it will have on our economy, and are angry about the way the DUP and others continue to ignore the will of the majority of the people in the North”.
When asked about the outcome of the meeting, Cllr McGinley replied,
“I’m glad Sinn Féin were supported by the majority of this council. Sinn Féin have been strong campaigners for remaining in Europe and have ensured the Mid Ulster residents point of view will be respected and advocated to the office of First and Deputy First Minister.
I have to say I’m disappointed that not everyone supported the motion. Some Councillors feel that it’s ok to ignore the majority of people from this part of the island, I’m glad that Sinn Féin do not. The decision of our citizens needs to be respected. We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of the people of Mid Ulster. We need to challenge those who can make a difference, and we need to highlight the fact that the people of Mid Ulster spoke, as did the majority of people who live in the North, and they should not be ignored”.