'This election is about Brexit. Theresa May is seeking a mandate for a hard Brexit, a hard border and even harsher austerity'
The SDLP has announced 18 candidates standing in the forthcoming Westminster election.
Mr Eastwood said that the "best way to fight a hard Brexit, a hard Border and even harder austerity is to vote for SDLP candidates who will take the fight to the Tories".
He said: "This election is about Brexit. Theresa May is seeking a mandate for a hard Brexit, a hard border and even harsher austerity. If she wants to reinforce the referendum result then let’s do that. Let’s send the strongest team of pro-Europe MPs to Westminster to represent the will of our people and take on the Tories.
"We need MPs who will take a stand against the Tory elite. That means taking your seat and voting against them.
"The SDLP has the longest and the strongest pro-Europe record of any party on these islands. Europe is in our political DNA. We are in the strongest position to make a difference as part of a strong coalition of SNP, Labour, Plaid Cymru and Green MPs.
"The choice in June is clear - it’s pro Brexit MPs, absentee MPs, or a strong anti-Brexit coalition. On June 8th, vote to take on the Tories. Vote SDLP."
The 18 SDLP candidates
|South Belfast||Alasdair McDonnell|
|South Down||Margaret Ritchie|
|East Antrim||Margaret Anne McKillop|
|East Belfast||Séamas de Faoite|
|East Derry||Stephanie Quigley|
|Fermanagh & South Tyrone||Mary Garrity|
|Lagan Valley||Pat Catney|
|Mid Ulster||Malachy Quinn|
|Newry & Armagh||Justin McNulty|
|North Antrim||Declan O’Loan|
|North Belfast||Martin McAuley|
|North Down||Caoímhe McNeill|
|South Antrim||Roisin Lynch|
|Upper Bann||Declan McAlinden|
|West Belfast||Tim Attwood|
|West Tyrone||Daniel McCrossan|