DUP's Donaldson hits out at Sinn Fein call for a border poll as 'nothing but stunt politics'
Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has labelled Sinn Fein's call for a border poll as little more than "stunt politics" aimed at shoring up their base.
Sinn Fein president Mary Lou McDonald pressed the Prime Minister for a referendum on Irish unity during her two-day visit to Belfast.
However, Downing Street later rejected Ms McDonald's call.
DUP Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey said that "Sinn Fein is more focused on a border poll than on securing a sensible deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom".
"Like amateur dramatics on the border, this is careless and nothing but stunt politics," he said.
"Playing on people's fears by spinning tall tales about checkpoints, walls and barbed wire is all designed to build support for a united Ireland rather than reach any consensus.
"Indeed, judging by their hard border rhetoric, Sinn Fein seem to be cheerleaders for a 'no-deal' exit. This is downright careless and reckless. Chaos suits that agenda. None of us need it.
"This is not unusual or out of character. Sinn Fein collapsed Stormont because the DUP stood up to their shopping list of narrow republican demands.
"Despite a growing list of problems in our schools and hospitals, Sinn Fein continue the careless politics of ransom by blocking the restoration of Stormont."