06 December 2017
DUP Deputy Leader and North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds said,
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
“Leo Varadkar's statement about the Brexit talks continuing into the new year will send more worries through the business and commercial sectors of the Irish Republic than it will in Northern Ireland or the rest of the United Kingdom.
The longer there is delay in getting onto the second phase of the negotiations about a trade deal, the greater the prospect of a ‘no trade deal’ outcome.
The Irish Republic would suffer far worse economically from no trade deal than the United Kingdom.
The Republic of Ireland has £13.4 billion worth of sales to the United Kingdom. It is estimated that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake.
Mr Varadkar may try to appear calm on the surface but he is playing a dangerous game - not with us but with his own economy.”