Speaking before meeting business leaders in Belfast today Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald said:
“We are about to meet with business leaders, all of whom are very concerned about Brexit.
“They report already that they are feeling the effects of the Brexit chill, all of them are concerned about the effects on the economy, our ability to retain and grow jobs, our ability to retain workers and staff and we look forward to our discussion with them.
“We are very pleased that many in the business community right across the north are now saying out loud and expressing the real dangers that Brexit presents for the economy.
“And of course it’s not just economic damage which Brexit threatens.
“Brexit threatens to undermine the social and political fabric of this island.
“We have a commitment going back to last December freely entered into by the British government; a recognition that there should be no hardening of the border, no undermining of the Good Friday Agreement or no loss of citizens’ rights.
“Those remain the bottom lines.
“We are hearing conflicting reports today about the backstop, it seems that the British system might still yearn for something temporary, something transitory.
“It’s worth repeating that a temporary backstop is no backstop, that temporary protections mean no protection and that the protections and answers advanced for Ireland need to be real and need to be enduring.” ENDS/CRÍOCH