Mid Ulster Council’s DUP Group leader has labelled Sinn Fein’s Brexit motion at last week’s council meeting as “blatant hypocrisy”.
“It’s a case of shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,” said Cllr Paul McLean.
In a statement to the Mail, Cllr McLean said he “highlighted to the meeting the absence of Sinn Fein on the doors at the polling stations” and “at the count during the EU election”
He said: “It was the SDLP who led the remain campaign in Mid Ulster.”
And added that he would like to remind councillors that Northern Ireland is “not the ‘North’” - but part of the UK and that he was “glad to say would remain so for the foreseeable future”.
Accusing Sinn Fein councillors of flexing their muscles in Mid Ulster, McLean added: “The EU referendum was a UK wide referendum and therefore Sinn Fein within Mid Ulster can flex their muscles and shoot off their mouths as much as they like, the decision of the people of the United Kingdom was firmly to leave.
“The leader of the DUP and our first minister has already stated she will work along side the newly elected Prime Minister who is committed to getting the best deal for all the United Kingdom. As for SF’s call for a border poll,” he went on, “it has clearly been proven that a majority from all communities, traditions and backgrounds actively support Northern Ireland’s position within the United Kingdom.
“Many in Northern Ireland will be of the opinion that these calls by Sinn Fein are thinly veiled attempts to distract from their current leadership crisis, given members of their own party are calling for Gerry Adams to resign.
“The fantasy economics of Sinn Fein in recent months have been clear to see, on the one hand calling for our continued membership of the EU which hinders economic growth, whilst at the same time wanting NI to leave the United Kingdom, a move which would be financially catastrophic.”