SINN Fein has said it is “open to an arrangement” between pro-Remain parties to oust DUP MPs.

Assembly member Conor Murphy made the comment as John Finucane was selected to contest North Belfast in the event of a General Election.

The Newry and Armagh candidate said they expect an election to be called before Christmas, and said his party is “open” to an arrangement between pro-remain parties in Northern Ireland to unseat DUP MPs.

DUP MP Gregory Campbell accused Sinn Fein of “begging for electoral pacts” and “running scared of the people”.

Finucane told the selection meeting at Belfast Castle that it had the potential to be a “historic election” for Sinn Fein, and described North Belfast as a “key battlefield”.

Murphy urged co-operation between parties to send a pro-remain message to Westminster.

“There is only one candidate

that can win this seat from Nigel Dodds, and that is John Finucane,” he said.

In the constituency of North Belfast there was a narrow majority for Remain of 20,128 to 19,844 who voted Leave.