SDLP MP rules out Sinn Féin pact in general election

Both party leaders said they were open to talking with other Remain parties about a way forward to protect Northern Ireland from a hard Brexit.

If the Conservative Party widens its majority in the election, it will be more hard for Unionist parties in Northern Ireland to influence government policy, a leading member of the Democratic Unionist Party said.

"So be it. I think only emphasises the need for unionists to get their act together and for the two main parties to come to an understanding on which seats we contest and how we maximise unionist representation at Westminster". "We will speak to anybody who wants to retain our membership of the European Union and protect our citizens from a hard Brexit", he said.

UUP Leader Robin Swann said he was "open" to discussions while DUP MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said the DUP wanted to arrange talks "quickly".

An SDLP MP has rejected any suggestion of her party entering a pact with Sinn Féin, ahead of a general election.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has been fined £1,000 for failing to notify the Electoral Commission that Arlene Foster had become its leader.

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