The following statement was issued by the leaders of Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance and the Green Party.
The four Remain parties, Sinn Féin, SDLP, Alliance and Green Party continue to believe that there is no such thing as a good Brexit and our preference is for no Brexit at all. We recognise that the majority of people, businesses and civic society do not want Brexit either.
“We have a shared responsibility to protect jobs, economic stability, the environment and people’s livelihoods.
“At the very least, this means avoiding a hard border, protecting the Good Friday Agreement and hard won peace of the past twenty years, and staying within the Single Market and a Customs Union.
“Therefore as a basis for this, we maintain that there is a pressing need for the backstop as set out in the Withdrawal Agreement to be banked.
By contrast, we believe that a no deal situation would be catastrophic for our economy and society.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs