Cllr McLaughlin added that in order to protect businesses here, it is vital the British Government take unilateral action and begin the process of revoking Article 50 to end the cycle of lurching from crisis to crisis.
She commented: “Once again, the European Union is demonstrating supportive flexibility in their negotiations with the British Government.
“Despite the extreme hostility directed at EU negotiators from the DUP/ERG axis, Europe remains committed to finding a solution, and creating space for a solution, that avoids a hard Border on this island.
“We can no longer expect our businesses to continue to sit on tenterhooks, unsure of what contingency plans they need to put in place.
“It is entirely unfair, particularly for businesses in border areas who have expressed to me deep anxiety at the unsustainability of the current state of affairs.
“The only way forward is a longer extension that removes the meaningless cliff-edge moments and pointless debates over process and instead creates space for a fundamental reflection on where we are.
“The British Government now has six months to secure support for the backstop at Westminster.
“If they are unable to do so, the only acceptable way forward is a revocation of Article 50 and an end to Brexit,” she added.