BBC News – Anti-Brexit pact possible in Northern Ireland

Belfast, 19 April 2017. Sinn Fein and the SDLP have not ruled out entering into an anti-Brexit electoral pact to fight the general election.

Both party leaders have said they are open to talking to other parties about a way to protect Northern Ireland from a hard Brexit, after Northern Ireland voted to remain by a majority of 56% to 44% in last year’s EU referendum.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said: “If Theresa May wants an election about Brexit, let’s show her that people in Northern Ireland don’t support a hard Brexit.”

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill said the party wanted to fight the election “very strongly” on the ground of anti-Brexit and anti-austerity policies, so would be “up for discussions” about a possible electoral pact.

However, Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong ruled out entering into any pact.

“That is not how we operate,” she said. “People know if they vote Alliance, they will get Alliance.

“We are standing on our own two feet and putting forward a constructive vision which we believe the public will back.”

I am very interested in what is going to happen in Scotland and Northen Ireland, which both voted against Brexit. There are Sikh communities in both countries.
Man in Blue


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