Tomorrow is about saving devolution, says Eastwood

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has warned that tomorrow's election is about saving devolution.

Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 3:16 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:56 am
SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

“This was never any ordinary election. But over the last number of days and weeks, the DUP and Sinn Féin have set out a number of red line positions that make clear that they will not be going onto government together after Thursday’s vote,” he said.

“So we are now in the middle of a fight for the future of power sharing. The choice has never been more stark - if the same parties that can’t work together and don’t want to work together win then we’re going into a period of direct rule. That will mean Tory Ministers under the direction of Theresa May implementing unfettered policies of naked austerity and laying the groundwork for a hard border Brexit.

“Or there is an alternative available. There is an alternative to direct rule and unbridled Brexit. On Thursday, people can vote for parties that will form a government based on partnership. We can have a government that prioritises the health service crisis, the challenge of Brexit, building a broad based economy and delivering on all the areas important to you and your family,” he said.