Foster failed to speak for majority

Arlene Foster, speaking to David Cameron on Saturday
Arlene Foster, speaking to David Cameron on Saturday

I congratulate the News Letter on its informative succinct outline of the European Union referendum results in Saturday’s issue (June 25).

The results by region speak volumes and clearly show that the United Kingdom is disunited on a fundamental issue; Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in the European Union and Northern Ireland 56% to 44% to stay; interestingly, London voted 60% to 40% in favour of the EU.

Based on the results, I suggest that the name United Kingdom is a misnomer because three distinct regions out of five, within the United Kingdom, have had their wills thwarted.

Regarding Northern Ireland, and in particular its First Minister, Mrs Arlene Foster, I am disappointed at the attitude, post-referendum, adopted by her – as recorded in the News Letter.

I have no difficulty with Mrs Foster’s advocacy in favour of leaving the EU, but when a clear majority of voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain, then, in my opinion, as the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mrs Foster should have articulated on behalf of the majority, instead of expressing her jubilation at the overriding of that majority’s will.

Micheal O’Cathail,

Fermanagh