08 April 2019
Following Michel Barnier’s visit to Dublin, the DUP MEP for Northern Ireland Diane Dodds said,
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
“The United Kingdom should have already exited the EU but due to ineffectiveness in London and intransigence in Dublin and Brussels, the people who voted ‘’Leave” almost three years ago have been let down.
The confusion and chaos being endured by the public at the moment is the result of a catastrophic failure by the Government to handle the exit negotiations in a proper manner. The negotiations have been an embarrassment for the fifth largest economy of the world. Time and again opportunities have been missed, leverage has been gifted away and the EU chief negotiator seems to be calling the shots.
The Government should have heeded the DUP’s warnings in December 2017. No one was ever building a new hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Yet the Government was outmanoeuvred by Brussels.
Michel Barnier and Leo Varadkar’s warm words about hard borders and the peace process ring hollow when compared to their obsession with a backstop which would be offensive to unionists and fundamentally undermine the integrity of the United Kingdom. Their actions and determination to foist a bad deal for the Union on the United Kingdom betray the words being uttered by their lips.
The referendum result in 2016 must be respected. People voted to leave the EU and to thwart that democratic decision would be an affront to democracy.
The DUP will continue to campaign in London and Brussels for a better exit deal which respects the referendum result and protects the Union.”