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Listen to NI Business not DUP on catastrophe of no deal, says Farry

Speaking ahead of a crucial week in Parliament around Brexit, Alliance Party Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has stressed the need for a positive decision aimed at bringing certainty and stability - ideally through a People's Vote - adding a no deal situation would be a catastrophe for Northern Ireland.

"A no deal outcome would be a disaster for the UK and an absolute catastrophe for Northern Ireland.

"In an almost unprecedented consensus, the business community, along with the Ulster Farmers Union and civic society have warned against the serious implications of a no deal. This includes most recently the joint letter from 50 local businesses organised by the CBI in Northern Ireland.

"Yet it is shocking, but sadly not surprising, that the DUP is still prepared to entertain a no deal Brexit. This is the implication of the insistence of DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds in his joint article in the Sunday Telegraph that rules out the Withdrawal Agreement and insists on Brexit on March 29. This ideological obsession with Brexit is completely at odds with our future economic prospects and the cohesion of Northern Ireland.

"The DUP are adopting a deeply irresponsible and reckless approach."