Belfast Telegraph

SDLP wants British and Irish leaders to step in

By Staff Reporter

The SDLP leader has urged the British and Irish governments to present their own draft deal to the parties within days.

Colum Eastwood has also demanded that Theresa May gives his party a seat on the Joint Ministerial Council (JMC) - a consultation body that includes the UK Government and senior representatives from the devolved regions.

Mr Eastwood said that it is now time that the two governments "forcefully step in to forge a deal".

"All parties should then be publicly challenged to sign up to them or reject them," he said. "The public have long since run out of patience with this talks process and they're dead right."

He said JMC membership should be expanded for parties in Northern Ireland given the current political stalemate at Stormont and the "unique" challenges posed by Brexit.

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