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Conor Murphy: Sinn Fein MPs will not take seats in Westminster even if they could stop Brexit

Sinn Féin MLA Conor Murphy

Sinn Fein MLA Conor Murphy has said that any of his party's candidates elected in the upcoming General Election would not take their seats in Westminster even if they could be in a position to stop Brexit.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Murphy said "the Democratic Unionist Party represent the minority view" in Northern Ireland.

Asked if Sinn Fein MPs would take their seats, he said: "The reality is that the British people want to leave the European Union and I imagine, whatever formation of parliament takes place on the other side of this, that would be the case."

On whether Sinn Fein could be in a position to block Brexit if the party took its seats, he added: "Well we have no interest in defining the political future for the people of Britain."

He continued: "There is no good outcome for Brexit for us at all, whether we get the deal that Boris Johnson's proposing or however Britain exists the European Union, but we have fought where our voices have counted, and they certainly would have not have counted in Westminster.

"We have fought where our voices have counted to protect the interests of the people that we represent here."

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