Sinn Féin, Westminster and the lying game

Taking the oath of allegiance and taking their seats in the Commons would be a lie, but it may be necessary for the greater good

20th January, 2019

Mary Lou McDonald last week criticised Leo Varadkar for not having a contingency plan to protect the Good Friday Agreement “in the event of a crash Brexit”. Yet her party’s unused seven seats at Westminster could soon become a decisive factor in whether or not there is a crash Brexit.

As new coalitions emerge across the aisle, and the votes become both more unpredictable and tighter, those seats become ever more...

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