Analysis of Withdrawal Agreement reinforces opposition to it

18 November 2018

Over the weekend the statements and comments of leading U.K. politicians and further detailed analysis of the Withdrawal Agreement reinforces why Unionists from all parts of the UK and across Northern Ireland are uniting in rejecting it.

Nigel Dodds MP

DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs

Nigel Dodds

Mr Dodds added:

“The damning criticism expressed by the former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab spelt out how dangerous this Withdrawal Agreement is. He says it takes a very predatory approach to Northern Ireland, that the cabinet was told Northern Ireland will be treated as a third country for regulatory purposes, and that absolutely it threatens the Union.

These are exactly the reasons why Northern Ireland unionism stands united in opposition to this draft Withdrawal Agreement.

This deal would place a trade border in the Irish Sea, subject us to EU rules without any power to influence or change them and binds us to the EU with no unilateral ability to leave. Indeed, Northern Ireland is part of the EU Customs Union not the UK’s.

Even Jeremy Corbyn gets it, although nationalists and republicans here are desperate for him to stop saying it.

I understand why some people fear a “no deal” scenario.  But the choice is between this very bad deal and the right deal.

With MPs on all sides of the House pointing to the dangers for the Union of the Withdrawal Agreement, it is clear that it is time to work for a better deal which does not undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom”

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