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Brexit ‘will see more unionists consider Irish unity’ - O’Neill

Michelle O'Neill speaking on Saturday at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin.

Sinn Féin’s Michelle O'Neill has said she believes more unionists will consider supporting a united Ireland as the economic consequences of Brexit become clear.

Speaking at the Ard Fheis in Dublin on Saturday, the party’s leader at Stormont spoke about a new political era.

“The old certainties are gone. The unionist majority has ended, Europe is in a state of flux and people here know that Brexit will be a disaster for the economy and that is why a cross-community majority of citizens in the north voted against it last June,” she said.

I am confident that as the economic consequences become clearer and hit home, more and more people from a unionist background will be open to at least exploring new scenarios, new relationships on this island, relationships which do not threaten their Britishness.

– Michelle O'Neill

She continued: “Republicanism and unionism must reach a sustainable compromise for sustainable dialogue premised on anti-sectarianism that will move us beyond the impasse of the present and bring us into a brighter future.

“To achieve that we must explore how we can accommodate each other’s aspirations in a manner that does not demand the surrender of cultural or traditional identity.

“We believe that Irish unity on the basis of equality offers the best future for everybody on this island. Therefore it is my responsibility our responsibility to spell out what sort of united Ireland we as republicans seek and to assure them of their place in an Ireland of equals.”