12 September 2018
DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP has said the ERG paper published today is a positive and timely development.
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP said,
"The paper published by the European Research Group today is a positive and timely development.
The paper makes clear that, in the event of a free trade deal being negotiated with the EU, there are sensible practical measures which can ensure there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
It therefore accurately reflects the fact that the border issue is no impediment to the negotiation by the UK of a comprehensive trade deal with the EU. This a position we have consistently articulated.
For too long some have used the border issue, and the political process in Northern Ireland more generally, to try to mould Brexit to their way of thinking or to thwart it altogether. That should stop.
This Party is steadfast in our desire to see a sensible Brexit which respects the referendum result and which results in no constitutional or economic barriers being created between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. Indeed, we believe a deal is possible which respects the referendum result and also ensures we continue to have a good relationship with our nearest neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.
We will continue to work closely with the Government and other colleagues in the House of Commons to ensure the best deal is secured for the country as a whole and for Northern Ireland as an integral part of the United Kingdom."