He said: “It has been clear to most right-thinking people for a while now that the Brexit process and Theresa May’s Brexit deal have been derailed by ideological intransigence from the DUP/ERG axis at Westminster.
!Their push for a hard Brexit, that will inevitably create a hard border, has killed this version of a deal but it’s also killed their influence over the process.
“The SDLP welcomes European Council President Donald Tusk’s proposal for a long delay to Brexit.
“We have been calling for the British Government to revoke Article 50 and create breathing space to reflect on where this process has taken us.
“The flexibility of our European partners, in the face of extreme frustration, has again proven invaluable.
“We have said, for a long time, that there is no such thing as a good Brexit.
“It now appears that there is no majority for any kind of Brexit.
“If Westminster can’t back a deal with a backstop to protect interests on this island, then it’s time for the public to be given a say.
“In the immediacy, it now seems that elections to the European Parliament will happen in Northern Ireland.
“As the most pro-Europe party in the North and the only party which registered to oppose Brexit in the referendum, we welcome the opportunity to provide people here with a strong voice that will defend their interests,” ,” added the Foyle MLA.