SF MPs have no mandate to take Westminster seats

Calls for Sinn Féin to change its policy have intensified, now that the British Labour party has said categorically it will back Britain remaining in a customs union

27th February, 2018
Nationalists overwhelmingly backed abstentionists in last year's election. Pic: Getty

Sinn Féin’s long-standing policy of abstention from Westminster is in the spotlight in the wake of Brexit with many commentators arguing that its six MPs should use their seats to help avoid a hard Brexit.

Whether by accident or design, Theresa May’s government appears increasingly likely to secure a hard Brexit out of its faltering negotiations with the EU, with Britain ending...

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