Mary Lou McDonald: “I would say to our unionist friends ‘be part of this conversation’.”
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said there will be a united Ireland within 10 years, and sought to reassure unionists that they would “remain British” if Northern Ireland voted to leave the United Kingdom.
In a YouTube interview with the British journalist and left-wing campaigner Owen Jones, Ms McDonald said: “We’ll do it in the next decade. We’ll do it in this decade, actually. This is the decade of opportunity.”
She predicted: “We can have our referendum, we can win it, and win it well.”
“We have citizens that are British...they are British in a partitioned Ireland and they will be British in a united Ireland.”
She called on unionists to become involved in discussions on a united Ireland, saying that “we have a huge amount of preparatory work to do for an orderly constitutional transition”.
She urged unionists "not to equate the reunification project with threat or loss...it has to be about gain or additionality."
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