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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has said that reported proposals in the British Government’s non-paper to the European Union which suggest parallel ‘customs clearance sites’ fail to meet its commitments under the December 2017 joint report and are unacceptable.

He said:

“The content of these proposals fails to meet the British Government’s obligations under the December 2017 joint report to avoid physical infrastructure, checks and controls at the border. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mile, five miles or ten miles away, the presence of physical checks will create economic and security challenges that are unacceptable.

“People in the North didn’t vote for this. We voted to maintain seamless travel, trade and life across this island. Exporting businesses, companies with integrated cross-border supply chains and frontier workers have been clear for three years that infrastructure of this nature will damage our economy with no conceivable benefit. That is the price of this twisted ideology and we refuse to pay it.

“The root of these rotten plans is in London. That is the only place where Brexit can be stopped. We cannot continue to send MPs who support this madness or those who stand meekly on the sidelines. It is a dereliction of duty in a moment of national crisis for this island.

MIL OSI United Kingdom