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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has said that the British Government should withdraw the Internal Market Bill, commit to implementing the Ireland protocol and return to negotiations with the European Union in good faith.

Speaking after meeting Minister Simon Coveney in Dublin with the Leaders of Northern Ireland’s remain parties, Colum Eastwood MP said:

“The introduction of the Internal Market Bill by the British Government was an act of extraordinary bad faith in the middle of negotiations aimed at securing a deal with the European Union. Even if you accept the suggestion that it is simply a negotiating tactic, it serves to fundamentally undermine trust between the parties.

“The British Government needs to wise up, commit to honouring its obligations under the Withdrawal Agreement and Ireland protocol and then return to negotiations in good faith. The first step in that process is to withdraw this deeply damaging bill.

“We have had positive discussions in Dublin today with Minister Simon Coveney and the Leaders of the North’s remain parties. We will continue to work constructively toward an outcome that needs the needs of people here.”

MIL OSI United Kingdom