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Video: SDLP will vote against triggering Article 50 says Colum Eastwood


The Supreme Court ruling that Ministers do not need to ask permission from Northern Ireland before triggering Article 50 'undermines the democratic mandate of our Assembly", the SDLP have said.

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said, “Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union, yet the Northern Ireland Assembly is being denied any role or rights in the upcoming negotiations with the European Union.

"I think that runs a coach and horses through our devolutionary settlement and it makes us all ask what this is all about?" he said.

He added: “I welcome the part of the judgement which ensures that a vote in Westminster will be required to give consent on the triggering of Article 50.  We will submit our own amendments and support any other amendments which protect our interests. We will vote against any Bill which triggers Article 50. I would strongly urge all pro-Remain MPs to join us in this action."

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