29 November 2017
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has rejected the suggestion by Conservative MEP Charles Tannock that Northern Ireland should have a referendum on whether to stay in the EU Single Market and Customs Union.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Responding to the remarks, Mrs Dodds said:
“These comments demonstrate a stark disregard for Northern Ireland’s certain place in an independent United Kingdom after Brexit.
I have news for Mr Tannock. We had a referendum. The democratic result of that poll was binding on all regions. We will leave the European Union as one nation. That means Northern Ireland will leave the Single Market and Customs Union alongside Great Britain.
Of course, these renegade remarks don’t just illustrate a detachment from democracy but from the leadership of his own Party too. They are in direct contrast to the strong and stated views of the Prime Minister Theresa May.
Brexit must address challenges facing the border but they must not bring internal borders or barriers within the United Kingdom.”