SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood has called on all parties in Northern Ireland and in the House of Commons to use every means at their disposal to stop Boris Johnson and stop Brexit.
Mr Eastwood was responding to leaked details of the British Government’s contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit which reveal the return of a hard border in Ireland and economic ruin for border communities.
Said the Foyle MLA: “Boris Johnson and his plans for a no-deal Brexit on 31st October are a threat to stability and prosperity on this island.
“Following our meeting earlier this month, SDLP concerns that Johnson does not fully understand the complexities and fragilities of relationships in Ireland were confirmed.
“The details in this leaked document now confirm that he doesn’t care either.
“We know that a no-deal Brexit will result in food and medicine shortages. Now, by the British Government’s own admission, we know that trade across the border will grind to a halt.
“Integrated supply chains in the agri-food sector will be severed. We will experience large scale job losses and consumers will see soaring prices.
“This British Government, far from sending a clear message to Brussels, is sending a clear message to people and businesses in the North of Ireland – they are willing to sacrifice our economic, political and social wellbeing to please rabid nativists in their own ranks.
“This has to stop. All parties in the North and in Westminster must now unite to stop Boris and stop Brexit through any means necessary.
“This British Government has no mandate for a no-deal Brexit.
“If they refuse to reverse position then they should call a general election and put it to people.
“The SDLP is now preparing to fight an election, to return MPs who are ready to take down this British Government and take down Brexit,” added the SDLP leader.