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Eastwood calls for common position on Brexit from Talks

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has said that the British Government’s announcement that it will trigger Article 50 next week means that parties in the North must adopt a common position on Brexit that defends the interests of people here.

“Over the last week, Theresa May has spoken of the need deliver stability, particularly with the devolved administrations. And yet today, her government has unilaterally decided to invoke Article 50 next week, before talks aimed at restoring devolution to Northern Ireland have concluded. This course of action will maximise uncertainty at a time when we are working to stabilise our institutions.

“The British Government’s Article 50 solo run must be met with strength from the devolved administrations. In the North that means that all parties must come together to adopt a common position on Brexit that defends the interests of people here.

“The embarrassing ignorance of the British Government’s Brexit Minister last week under questioning from Mark Durkan exposes how little weight they attach to the will of people here. The Good Friday Agreement, as an instrument of international law, grants Northern Ireland an automatic path back into the European Union via the principle of consent. The terms of the agreement mean that a successful Unity Referendum would see us re-join the EU without a lengthy Article 49 negotiation. That puts us in a unique position on these islands. It is critical that the spirit and the letter of the Good Friday Agreement is written into any future deal between Britain and the EU.

“This is a time for political unity to defend the interests of our people. It must be a key outcome in the Talks.”

Colum Eastwood MLA

Email
colum.eastwood@sdlp.ie
Tel
02871 350045

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