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Tories only 'indulging' DUP over confidence and supply agreement, Sinn Féin says

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has warned the DUP the British government could ditch the confidence and supply agreement. Picture by Mal McCann

THE Conservative government will "ditch" its confidence and supply agreement with the DUP and is only "indulging" the unionist party, Sinn Féin has warned.

Addressing yesterday's national hunger strike commemoration - this year held in Strabane - Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson said the British government has "no friends – it only has interests".

She warned the DUP that prime minister Boris Johnson's government is only "indulging you because you serve Brexiteer interests in the life of this British parliament".

“If circumstances change and if it suits the British government, it will ditch you. You can be sure of that," she said.

Ms Anderson said Mr Johnson and the DUP will "inflict a Brexit that will impact on political progress, bankrupt small businesses and generally impoverish many people".

And she called on the European Union and Irish government to hold firm on their commitment to the backstop - which aims to prevent a hard border following the UK's exit from the bloc this year.

"At a time when a 'no-deal' Brexit looks ever more likely it is vital to ensure that the political consensus that has built up around Brexit is maintained and not undermined," she said.

"All parties need to make it crystal clear that the Irish government and the EU need to stick to their position - that the withdrawal agreement is the only show in town and as part of that a 'backstop' is essential."

Ms Anderson said the British government's "days in Ireland are numbered", adding Tiocfaidh ár lá.

Thousands of people attended yesterday's commemoration which began in Lifford, Co Donegal, and finished in Strabane.

The family of hunger striker Kevin Lynch, from Park in Co Derry, announced on Saturday it would not be taking part.

Family members withdrew following a row with Sinn Féin over the attendance of Kevin Lynch Memorial Flute Band.

The band said it had been prohibited from attending the commemoration.

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