21 May 2019
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s statement on Tuesday afternoon, the DUP Parliamentary Leader Nigel Dodds said;
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
“We will examine the legislation closely when the bill is finally published but the fundamental flaws of the draft Withdrawal Agreement treaty itself remain unchanged.
Many of the proposals on the backstop serve as an attempt through domestic law to mitigate a bad deal whereas the focus should be on getting a better deal.
The only positive vote in the House of Commons on Brexit was the Brady amendment which called for alternative arrangements to the backstop to be implemented in the treaty and other changes to remove the current threats posed by the backstop.
That still remains the best way forward to a stable majority in the House of Commons which would deliver Brexit and protect the Union. That is what this or a new Prime Minister must address.
We will have to await the publication of the text of the Bill to see what the proposals actually mean but the fact is that the fatal flaws of the draft treaty remain.
The people will have their opportunity on Thursday to tell the Government, the European Commission and those in other member states that we must have a Brexit in which all of the U.K. leaves the EU together.
The best way to do that is by voting DUP number 1 on Thursday.”