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The fantasy of Sinn Féin taking their seats lets down voters in Northern Ireland

When the Brexit votes have been and gone, the “Irish question” will remain. So stop talking about Sinn Féin taking their seats—and start asking why so many Northern Irish voters have lost faith in Westminster

By Siobhán Fenton  

Sinn Fein's vice president Michelle O'Neill (right) and Sinn Fein's president Mary Lou McDonald (centre) and Conor Murphy (2nd left) speaking to the media on College Green in Westminster, London. Photo: PA

As the UK’s exit from the EU looms ever closer, some Remainers are turning to an unlikely saviour to come to Britain’s rescue. An increasing number of British political commentators have taken to imploring Sinn Féin to end their century-old abstentionist policy and take their seats in Westminster.

The Irish Republican party stand for election in Northern Ireland but refuse to sit in the London parliament as…

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