10 May 2019
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has been canvassing in East Antrim and East Belfast on Friday ahead of the European election on 23rd May.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Speaking to party workers and supporters in Carrickfergus Mrs Dodds said,
“This election must send a message to London and Brussels that we want the referendum result implemented and the Union strengthened.
I am asking people to vote Dodds 1 because of my unrivalled experience but also because no other party has stood up for Northern Ireland in the way the DUP has. This election must be used to strengthen the DUP’s hand.
Almost 350,000 people in Northern Ireland voted to leave the EU. Together with ‘leave’ voters in Scotland it was Northern Ireland that helped us win the referendum. But the days of ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ should be over. This is now a case of respecting democracy.
It is bad for democracy if people in London and Brussels are allowed to thwart the will of the people.
Whilst some people would do a deal at any price, the DUP has been clear. We want the right deal. We will continue to stand against any new border being created in the Irish Sea. The United Kingdom voted as one nation in 2016 and we should leave as one nation.
A sensible exit is possible but it will require strength and determination in negotiations. This election is an opportunity to strengthen the DUP hand in negotiations.”