16 April 2019
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA, Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP and Direction of Elections Gavin Robinson MP accompanied Diane Dodds MEP as she lodged her nomination papers to contest the European Election as the DUP candidate.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Speaking afterwards Mrs Dodds said,
“This poll is an opportunity for anyone who wants the 2016 referendum result respected to ‘tell them again’. In Northern Ireland almost 350,000 people voted 'leave' and many others who voted ‘remain’, still believe the result should be respected.
Three years after the poll, we should have exited the European Union but no one should be complacent. This is an important moment to strengthen the DUP’s hand both in London and in Brussels. The DUP has stood strong for Northern Ireland. Our position has been consistent from the very beginning. It is inconceivable to ask any unionist to support a Withdrawal Agreement which could weaken the Union and separate Northern Ireland economically from our main market.”
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
“Diane has been an excellent representative for Northern Ireland in the European Parliament. Both in Brussels and at home, her record is second to none. This is most notable when you’re with Diane in Brussels. She has been an excellent ambassador for Northern Ireland and her reputation for hard word and delivery goes before her.
Whether it has been helping communities gain access to funding, speaking up for our core industries, uniting innocent victims of terrorism across Europe, or challenging internet giant Mark Zuckerberg about online safety, Diane has led the way.
Undoubtedly, this election will be focused on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While Donald Tusk “dreams” of a Brexit reversal, we want to see Brexit delivery.
The DUP’s voice in London and Brussels can be bolstered by the people of Northern Ireland in this election. Those in Brussels and in London who have so far failed to listen, might finally take notice.”