Eastwood: NI cannot fall victim to politics in London
Mr Eastwood commented:
"There is no such thing as a good Brexit but if we are forced to leave the EU then Northern Ireland must to be protected through a backstop.
"The naive belief in Westminster that a better deal can be negotiated with Brussels is merely postponing the inevitable. That fact remains - there is no way to avoid a hard border in Ireland if Northern Ireland leaves the Customs Union and Single Market. That is why a backstop is essential. The SDLP have said this from day one.
"Northern Ireland's economy and stability can't be sacrificed because politicians in London have failed to recognise the obvious."