British government is breaking international law with border plans, says SDLP

Tue, 08/09/2020 - 14:48 -- Editor

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MP has described the Secretary of State’s comments that the British Government plans to ‘break international law’ as an outrageous admission that flies in the face of the needs of people in Northern Ireland.

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, the Foyle MP said that people in Northern Ireland ‘cannot trust a word’ from this government.

Colum Eastwood MP said: “This government has been skirting around the edges of the obvious for far too long – there is no way to reconcile the needs of people, businesses and communities in Northern Ireland with the promises that they’ve made to Brexit ultras. The scaffolding of mistruth has come crashing down with the Secretary of State’s admission that the government will ‘break international law’ when it reneges on commitments made to people and businesses here in the Withdrawal Agreement.

“No one in the North can trust a word that this government says. That has been clear for some time. But if it was ever in doubt, we can now say with certainty that no international trading partner will believe a word that they say either.

“We are back to where we were a year ago. A Tory government recklessly threatening the progress made in Ireland over a generation. The SDLP, alongside other progressive opposition parties, will fiercely resist these plans."