Eastwood “We’re open to any discussion about how we can protect the remain vote in Northern Ireland”

Chris had an excellent post up today about the possibility of having a Pro Remain Alliance for the upcoming election.

At Stormont today, the SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood had some very interesting comments which are worth noting

We don’t do sectarian pacts between two parties to keep out one community. We’re open to any discussion about how we can protect the remain vote in Northern Ireland, about how we can fight against the anti-Europe MPs and how we can protect against a hard Brexit in this election. We’ll speak to anyone and talk to any individual candidates or parties to see how we can advance that.

We will not be involved in any sectarian pact where it’s unionist vs nationalist, where it’s let’s keep a unionist out or get a nationalist out, we are open to discussions around how we can protect the interests of Northern Ireland and the majority who voted to remain. This is a Brexit election, we’re open to discussions about how we advance the anti-hard Brexit cause.

Slugger understands from sources within the SDLP, that the party is willing to speak with parties across the Remain spectrum (Including Sinn Fein and Alliance) about how pro-Brexit MPs could be defeated in constituencies where it is possible that a pro-Remain candidate could succeed.

If this gets legs it could really change the dynamics of the election and actually mirrors some of the movements that parties such as the Greens and SNP are making in England & Scotland. 

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  • Kevin Breslin

    I don’t think May is pro-business, I think she’ll be selling the claim she is not as anti-business as Corbyn is. Corbyn needs to redefine what British business should mean under his vision. May doesn’t need a vision, Brexit will be giving quite a few in the North enough blinkers to juxtapose their personal vision on Thresea May’s face.

  • Madra Uisce

    Like being a little bit pregnant

  • Madra Uisce

    Nonsense The amount of times people have posted evidence to the contrary and yet you continue to bury your head in the sand

  • Madra Uisce

    Where your argument falls down is that you presuppose that if the Tories gain a large majority then it will be easier for her to get a softer more palatable brexit. The major fault with that is that the new Tory MPs are more likley to be swivel eyed europe hating little englanders than a bunch of new Ken Clarkes

  • grumpy oul man

    And higher than the unionist percentage!
    Or is your maths as bad as your history.

  • grumpy oul man

    Ok by you depending on whose been kept out.
    So working with loyalist criminals, which is what happened getting east Belfast is ok.
    And the fact that a unionist pact could well involve the loyalists is that ok.

  • grumpy oul man

    Probably to the same degree that you want to keep the DUP out.

  • grumpy oul man

    No they only work closely with them when it suits, how’s the whole business with DEE and his buddy’s going.
    Of course you yourself have attended protests were the DUP shared campaigns and platforms with active terrorists,
    The AIA thing wasn’t,
    Were you in the Ulster resistance by any chance, surely you didn’t miss Twaddel , check it out on Google, senior DUP members standing with the loyalist gang leaders.
    And of course Drumcree.
    But those little things don’t count.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Stability won’t be on the ballot paper.
    Seriously do you know where you are?
    And you expect it in eccentric North Down of all places!

  • MainlandUlsterman

    They will be beholden to May and actually when you look at recent intakes, Tories are doing better now on diversity and candidates who look and sound normal (with obvious exceptions). Wall to wall poshness was a big weakness a few years ago, less so now. The real Little Englanders tend to be of the older generation. I don’t think May will face much of a problem from the new intake.

  • MainlandUlsterman

    No I’ve read it, but just think your assertion about the nature of the DUP isn’t the reality – it leaps several stages further than the facts you adduce.

  • USA

    “The Keep”, all you ever do is accuse the CNR community of “moping”. We get it, you don’t value their views. Do everyone a favor and offer something constructive to the discussion.