SDLP Urging NI Residents To Sign Petition To Revoke Article 50

An SDLP MLA is encouraging people in Northern Ireland to sign an online petition urging the UK Government to revoke Article 50 and essentially cancel the UK's impending exit from the EU.

The party's Brexit spokesperson, Daniel McCrossan, said that the region's citizens are currently being misrepresented in Westminster.

The petition site states: "The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen- so vote now."
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It is understood the appeal is the most popular to ever have been submitted to the Parliament website. The House of Commons considers all petitions that gain more than 100,000 signatures, according to the site.

The west Tyrone MLA commented: "There is no such thing as a good Brexit. There are only degrees of devastation caused by withdrawal from the EU. And we know that the fallout will be most acutely felt by communities in the North, a decision that people here did not consent to.

"As it stands, Northern Ireland is being misrepresented by the reckless view of the DUP who are putting the needs of businesses and communities second to their own selfish political gain.

"Huge numbers of people have already had their say through a parliamentary petition, including significant majorities in DUP held seats across the North. I'm encouraging as many people from here as possible to sign up and demonstrate the strength and weight of opinion here."


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