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Only a People's Vote will stop choice between no deal and poor deal Brexit

Only a People’s Vote will stop a choice between a no deal Brexit and a poor deal, Alliance Leader Naomi Long MEP has said.

Mrs Long was speaking after a Brexit deal was agreed between the UK and EU. The deal will still need the approval of the UK and European Parliaments.

“We are currently considering the detail of this deal. However, it certainly appears to be a worse deal than the original backstop, as envisaged by Theresa May,” she said.

“Ultimately, this is not a safety net but a new status quo. Yet it is not a solution which provides long-term economic or political certainty, with businesses left in a flux and any restored Assembly put under continued pressure.

“There is no such thing as a good or sensible Brexit, but we recognise no deal will be catastrophic for Northern Ireland in particular.

“Instead of the ‘easiest deal in history’, as sold by the Leave campaigns, we are now effectively being asked to choose between a poor deal and no deal, a rock and a hard place.

“People were promised unicorns in 2016, yet now they are now being asked to choose between a lame donkey and a dead donkey. Given the need to avoid no deal, our preference is Parliament passes the Johnson deal subject to it being put to the public in a UK referendum, with Remain on the ballot paper. Anything else is selling the electorate short.”