Unionist Party leader Doug Beatty said there would be no unification Ireland: for generations, as he urged voters to set aside the constitutional issue by focusing on the cost-of-living crisis.
Ahead of the launch of his party manifesto in May Northern Ireland: During the congressional election, Beatty said he believed there would be no constitutional change in his or her children’s lives.
Addressing voters, the Upper Bann MLA described the UUP as a pro-union party that “will do more than just say no.”
The award-winning military veteran said issues related to the Brexit Northern Ireland Protocol needed to be resolved, but uncertainty over the fate of the disputed trade arrangements would not prevent his party from re-entering the run-off election.
The executive collapsed in February when DUP: The first minister, Paul Givan, resigned in protest of the impasse between the UK and Northern Ireland Protocol on the movement of goods.
Mr Beatty denied other Unionists’ claims that the protocol would lead to a fundamental change in Northern Ireland’s position. The United Kingdomադր accused his rivals of using it as a pre-election “slogan”.
However, he again failed to paint the question of whether his party would, in principle, serve as the first deputy minister in an administration. Sinn Fain First Minister.
Both the UUP and the DUP have not repeatedly confirmed whether they will take over as first deputy minister if Sinn Fein, according to opinion polls, emerges as the largest party to hold the post of first minister.
Mr Beatty insisted that the UUP would decide its approach to working in the executive branch only after the post-election negotiations, and what the possible program might be for the government.
HMS Caroline, a World War I warship, was a stunning backdrop for the launch of the manifesto in Belfast on Thursday morning.
Mr Beatty has faced criticism from other Union parties for his decision to exclude the UUP from rallies loyal to the Northern Ireland Protocol.
The leader of the party, whose office in Portadown was vandalized after he announced the move on Sunday, claims the protests are being used to escalate tensions within the community before the election.
Addressing the start of the open-air manifesto on a cold spring day with the UUP candidates sitting behind him, Mr. Beatty said:
“Issues related to the protocol can be resolved. So, instead of using the protocol as a pre-election slogan, let’s get to work, to the real work, to solve the issues.
“There will be no united Ireland in my life, there will be no united Ireland in the lives of my children.
“If you believe in it as a fundamental truth, I believe in it as a fundamental truth, then we can put it aside to focus on the issues that affect the daily lives of our people who live, work or visit here.
“Therefore, I urge all those who believe in Northern Ireland, in its long-term future as part of the United Kingdom, to put their shoulders behind the wheel, raise your voice, and push the positives as we work together to resolve them. with the negatives.
“We have to show our young people that going to the polls gives them a voice, it’s part of their civic duty.
“And we all need to understand the civic duty, which includes those who are dissatisfied, those who are deprived of politics, to see that there is a party, a pro-union party, that will do more than just say no when we have a positive for a visionary future, because Northern Ireland deserves better, and Ulster’s Unionist Party is that party. ”
There is no united Ireland for future generations, says the head of UUP
SourceThere is no united Ireland for future generations, says the head of UUP