Leo Varadkar comments towards Sinn Fein

Speaking at a Project Ireland event this morning, Varadkar said: “If they are not willing to take up their seats because they feel they can’t, because they got elected on the basis of abstentionism, they do have the option now of resigning their seats and allowing the people in those constituencies decide whether or not they want to have a say when this vote comes to Westminster.”

Abstention is a core part of Sinn Féin’s electoral platform.

Sinn Féin’s policy of abstaining from taking their seats in the House of Commons dates back to the early 20th century, with the first abstentionist Sinn Féin candidate having been elected in 1917.

All MPs who take their seats are required to “swear by Almighty God to be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth” or make a solemn affirmation of loyalty to the Crown.

-Noah Harte