NI leaders divided in their reaction to Brexit vote

The UK has voted to leave the European Union after 43 years in an historic referendum, with the majority of Northern Ireland voters in favour of remaining in the EU.

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Republic must support NI in Brexit negotiations - SDLP

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said it was a Credit: UTV

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has called on the Irish government to support Northern Ireland interests in negotiations following the UK vote to leave the EU.

“This will be a devastating blow potentially to our economy and to our society that’s why people in Northern Ireland voted to stay in, that’s why people in Scotland voted to stay in and that’s why young people voted to stay in.

“We’re saying very, very clearly that there should not be any physical or metaphorical border put up across this island we have to make sure that we still allow the freedom of movement people and goods and business right across this island.

“That’s why we’re calling on the Irish government to make sure that that happens in these negotiations, the Irish government is in a very strong position, they have to be a good friend to Britain but more importantly, they have to look after the people of this island.”

The party has called for the Irish government to convene an all-party forum for political parties on both sides of the border to consider the issues and implications arising from the result.

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