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[As Frank is probably aware], Fintan O'Toole has a view on how Sinn Fein might stop Brexit, rather than by taking up its seats, by resigning its NI seats and forcing byelections where pro EU parties / candidates are allowed to stand in their stead, take their seats and ensure a pro-EU majority in UK parliament.

O'Toole discussed this on BBC 'Today' this morning [49m46Sec]. The Sinn Fein member for South Down was dismissive, to say the least!.

by oldremainmer48 on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 10:59:24 AM EST
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It's not going to happen. If Sinn Fein were going to do it, they would have done it by now.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 11:33:29 AM EST
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I didn't read Fintan's article until afterwards, and it seems to me to be more unlikely than some of the scenarios I have been painting...  In any case, I don't think there is time for bye-elections now.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 3rd, 2019 at 08:26:07 PM EST
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Yes, I read that and wondered what Fintan was playing at.  That's only slightly less fantastical than herds of unicorns pissing rainbows across the border as a technological fix.
by rifek on Thu Aug 8th, 2019 at 09:55:40 PM EST
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Irish times letter writers are in no doubt that O'Tooles proposal is bonkers and not going to happen. Not up to his usual standard, although it does add some public pressure on Sinn Fein to review their abstentionist policy or else share the blame for Brexit happening against the wishes of the majority in  N. Ireland.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Aug 9th, 2019 at 09:21:40 AM EST
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