SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has called on all parties to unite against Theresa May’s suggestion that there may be ‘direct application of powers’ to the North of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The Foyle MLA said that the failure of the DUP and Sinn Féin to get back to work made a power grab by Westminster more likely.
He said: “I was astonished to hear Theresa May suggest that the British Government is considering implementing Direct Rule in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
“I would have thought a conversation of that magnitude would warrant some discussion with local parties before pronouncement in Westminster.
“Our situation has been kicked about the House of Commons like a five pound football.
“We will not be used by Brexit fanatics for their own political ends.
“All parties here must come together to oppose the suggestion that our hard won powers will be withdrawn to Westminster to make their lives easier and the lives of people here more difficult.
“This Westminster power grab is being facilitated by the failure of the DUP and Sinn Féin to get back to work.
“They may think brinkmanship is good for elections but it doesn’t help a patient waiting for a hospital bed or a parent trying to get their child a good education.
“And transferring any of those powers to the Tories will only make it worse,” added the SDLP leader.