Ulster Unionist Party Chief Whip, Steve Aiken MLA, has said that recent comments from Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald indicate that Sinn Fein has no plan when it comes to a border poll.
Steve Aiken MLA, said;
“It is clear that Mary Lou McDonald and indeed her party are all over the place when it comes to when they want a border poll and why. The Sinn Fein President has performed a sharp handbrake turn on the comments she made in an interview on Monday.
“She initially stated that a poll on Irish unity should not be held while uncertainty around Brexit remains, yet by Tuesday morning the Sinn Fein Press Office published a completely contradictory statement where she was quoted as saying that she wants a referendum as soon as possible.
“This follows hot on the heels of Máirtín Ó Muilleoir being very uncomfortable in answering any questions put to him about the type of united Ireland he wanted to see in a radio interview on Monday. Sinn Fein representatives would be better placed talking to each other first rather than attempting to dictate terms to others. It is clear that Sinn Fein don`t have a plan and or a case to make.
“Rather than be distracted by this, they would be better concentrating their efforts on getting devolution restored and addressing the chronic pressures on our health service, schools and other sectors.”