The Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), Labour’s sister party in Northern Ireland, has expressed its disappointment in the Labour leadership’s stance on Brexit.
Commenting, Claire Hanna MLA, SDLP Brexit spokesperson and a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The British Labour Party in Parliament say that membership of the Customs Union would mean there was no need for an Irish Backstop.
“This simply is not true. There is no Brexit deal available that does not require a Backstop.
“To be frank in the SDLP we are disappointed by the approach of the Labour leadership, who appear to place wooing DUP votes over protecting the Good Friday Agreement. We absolutely acknowledge the concerns of many MPs about the impact of the Withdrawal Deal on their constituents, but the Backstop does not fall into that category.
“The choices are between a deal with a Backstop or a People’s Vote with an option for the UK to stay in the EU, keeping the whole of the island of Ireland in the EU and removing any question of a Backstop.”