Former DUP chief Peter Robinson ‘simply plain fallacious’ on border ballot: Sammy Wilson (News)

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DUP MP Sammy Wilson has mentioned his former colleague Peter Robinson’s evaluation on the potential for Irish Unity is “simply fallacious”.

Writing solely in Friday’s Belfast Telegraph, Mr Robinson mentioned the battle for the union is raging and accused critics of his border ballot feedback of “crass folly”.

The previous DUP chief mentioned those that refused to arrange for a referendum on Irish unity have been burying their heads within the sand and that too many unionists took the longevity of the union with no consideration.

Mr Wilson, responding to Mr Robinson’s feedback, mentioned the Peter Robinson he remembered was a “formidable advocate for the Union” however that his present evaluation “is simply fallacious.”

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He added: “Realizing Peter Robinson as I do I’m not within the least shocked that he ought to hit again at those that questioned his evaluation as to how unionists ought to defend themselves within the face of Sinn Fein’s marketing campaign to interrupt up the union and drag us right into a united Eire.

“In truth I’d have been disenchanted if he hadn’t as a result of it might have illustrated a shocking lack of the struggle he brings to something he places his hand too.”

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Former First Minister Peter Robinson

The East Antrim MP mentioned that he did agree with a few of Mr Robinson’s factors, saying he was proper to emphasize the steadiness that the union brings to Northern Eire however argued that his suggestion {that a} referendum on a united Eire that must be held at common intervals was “harmful”.

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He mentioned: “Such an association would allow and encourage republicans to maintain the constitutional subject as a relentless and precedence subject on the political agenda and daily they’d discover methods of stimulating and creating grievances which might preserve the minds of their voters poisoned towards the union.”

Mr Wilson mentioned he additionally agreed that a few of these criticising Mr Robinson really agreed to holding seven-year referenda.

He mentioned: “Certainly the best way of stopping the republican enemy from selecting the battleground is to be sure that they’d know that it might be folly to throw themselves towards the defences which unionists have created.

“Meaning ensuring we outgun them by way of the help we enlist, the arguments we make use of, the allies make and undermining their very own help base. It is a much better technique than agreeing give up phrases earlier than any referendum battle has even began. It’s the technique employed by the DUP.”

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Mr Wilson refuted Mr Robinson’s declare that unionists have been burying their head within the sand about the potential for a united Eire.

He added: “The Peter Robinson who I keep in mind and admired, even in the dead of night days main as much as the Anglo Irish settlement after we had a Sectary of State who declared that the Conservative authorities had no financial strategic or egocentric curiosity in NI , led the struggle towards what appeared not possible odds.

“He was a formidable advocate for the union nonetheless is however his present evaluation of what unionists must be doing is simply plain fallacious.”   

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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