Sinn Fein: British government "forefeits mandate" in Northern Ireland

The British government has "forfeited any mandate" to represent the interests of people in Northern Ireland after British voters opted to leave the European Union in a historic referendum, Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein said on Friday.

The referendum resulted in "English votes overturning the will of people here in the north of Ireland [where] republican and unionist, Catholic and Protestant people have voted in favour of Remain," Sinn Fein national chairman Declan Kearney said in a statement.

Kearney said the result "dramatically changes the political landscape here in the north of Ireland and we will be intensifying our case for the calling of a border poll under the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement."

He was referring to a cross-border vote on a united Ireland. The 1998 Good Friday Agreement formally ended decades of sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland.

Voters in Northern Ireland chose Remain by a majority of 56 per cent in Thursday's referendum.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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