Sinn Fein urge Jeremy Corbyn to represent their views

PUBLISHED: 08:46 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 08:46 08 April 2019

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Sinn Fein leaders are due to hold Brexit talks with Jeremy Corbyn later on a day of meetings in London.

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Party president Mary Lou McDonald and vice-president Michelle O’Neill are also set for discussions with Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley.

They will also meet a number of SNP MPs at Westminster.

McDonald said she would tell the Labour leader that Irish interests must be protected whatever the outcome of his Brexit negotiations with prime minister Theresa May.

Corbyn is due to meet the republican leaders late in the afternoon.

“We will set out again the very clear need to protect Irish interests and make it very, very clear that whatever way Brexit lands, deal or no deal, that Irish interests have to be protected,” said Mrs McDonald.

“Our peace process, our all-Ireland economy, crucially our citizens’ rights, cannot be the collateral damage to the Tory Brexit.”

At the weekend, McDonald also confirmed that Sinn Fein will hold a convention this weekend to select a candidate to fight a potential European election in Northern Ireland.

“If an election happens, we will fight the election,” she said.

“We are ready.”

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