Irish unity poll is a precondition for coalition – Mary Lou McDonald

Sinn Féin leader says ‘preparations for constitutional change’ on the island need to start

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald joined a Border Communities Against Brexit group at a demonstration in Carrickcarnon on the Irish border, ahead of the UK leaving the European Union. Video: Simon Carswell

A poll on Irish unity was not an “exotic red line” for Sinn Féin entering coalition government but “an absolute necessity” after Brexit, said the party’s president, Mary Lou McDonald.

Speaking at a protest against Brexit on the Irish Border on the day the UK leaves the EU, the Sinn Féin leader said “preparations for constitutional change” on the island “needed to start”.

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