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The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's cross-community party – Together, we're stronger


Pressing need for backstop to be banked

December 10, 2018 1:15 PM

A statement from the leaders of the four Pro-Remain parties.

The four Remain parties, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party continue to believe that there is no such thing as a good Brexit and our preference is for no Brexit at all. We recognise that the majority of people, businesses and civic society do not want Brexit either.

We have a shared responsibility to protect jobs, economic stability, the environment and people's livelihoods.

At the very least, this means avoiding a hard border, protecting the Good Friday Agreement and hard won peace of the past twenty years, and staying within the Single Market and a Customs Union.

Therefore as a basis for this, we maintain that there is a pressing need for the backstop as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement to be banked.

By contrast, we believe that a no deal situation would be catastrophic for our economy and society.