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Sinn Fein MEP's 'rant' about Irish border like listening to fishwife in full flow, says DUP's Sammy Wilson

By Staff Reporter

Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson has been slammed after she said Theresa May can stick the Irish border "where the sun don't shine" during a speech to the European Parliament.

Talking about a post-Brexit border between Northern Ireland and the Republic, Ms Anderson told MEPs: "No border hard or soft will be accepted by the people of Ireland."

Referring to the Prime Minister, she added: "Theresa, your notion of a border, hard and soft, stick it where the sun doesn't shine 'cos you're not putting it in Ireland."

Responding on BBC Talkback, DUP MP Sammy Wilson said: "Martina Anderson was ranting like a fishwife. That was far more offensive than anything Arlene Foster said."

Mr Wilson was referring to the DUP leader comparing Sinn Fein to a crocodile before the election.

Ulster Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson described Ms Anderson's comments as embarrassing and displaying a lack of respect.

"This wouldn't be the first time a Sinn Fein representative has embarrassed themselves at the European level and I am sure it won't be the last," he said. "I doubt the Prime Minister will have been paying close attention to Martina Anderson ranting and raving to an empty chamber in Strasbourg at 10.30pm.

"I hope whichever MEPs were present were able to see the true face of Sinn Fein, who all too often are incapable of practising what they preach on tolerance and respect."

Ms Anderson also posted a selfie on Twitter of herself and Sinn Fein colleague Matt Carthy with the caption: "Two tired faces still up and at it in Strasbourg re #BREXIT. No borders in Ireland. What armoured cars and tanks and guns couldn't do, EU won't do".

On Monday Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O'Neill said there was an urgent need for a referendum on Irish unity as the British Government had "refused to listen" to the majority of people in the region over Brexit.

Ulster Unionist MP Danny Kinahan said he was concerned that there is no power-sharing administration at Stormont to negotiate a good Brexit deal. "As the Government embarks on formal negotiations with the European Union it is a sad indictment of the last Northern Ireland Executive that there is currently no Executive in place to feed into the UK negotiating position," he said. "The final Brexit deal will have significant lasting consequences for our universities, farming and agri-food, the community and voluntary sector, and the business community, amongst others. It is crucial that Northern Ireland interests are represented, which I fear is not happening at the moment."

"No border hard or soft will be accepted by the people of Ireland. Theresa (May) ... stick (a border) where the sun don't shine because you're not putting it in Ireland."

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