SDLP adds voice to second referendum call by Labour MPs

SDLP MLA Claire Hanna. Picture by Cliff Donaldson
Paul Ainsworth

A new referendum is the solution to the Brexit deadlock, the SDLP has said, as support for a second poll grows on opposition benches at Westminster.

South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna said the current impasse had "no quick or simple answer" adding: "The SDLP support a People's Vote - those who still want to leave will be perfectly entitled to vote that way but we believe many others will see that whatever their political outlook, the convulsions of the Brexit debate do not help anyone.

"We remain clear that border infrastructure on this island is unacceptable in any scenario and that is why the backstop must be banked."

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said his party was not opposed to a new referendum and would "actively campaign to remain" if one is held.

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"However, people of the north voted to reject Brexit and remain in the EU, that vote needs to be respect," he added.

In Westminster, a group of 71 Labour MPs yesterday urged Jeremy Corbyn to swing behind a second EU referendum in a new letter.

Among those who added their name is former shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, who previously described a second referendum as "extremely unhelpful".

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