22 August 2019
The DUP’s Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has said the best way to protect the Belfast Agreement as the UK exits the EU is for a sensible deal to be reached.
Sir Jeffrey was speaking after the Alliance Party, the Green Party, the SDLP and Sinn Fein wrote a joint letter to Donald Tusk.
Parliamentary Chief Whip; Spokesman on Defence and business in the House of Commons
Commenting Mr Donaldson said,
“The signatories to this letter demonstrate that the backstop does not have support of the representatives from both communities in Northern Ireland.
The withdrawal agreement fundamentally undermines the Belfast Agreement as it would erect a new border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
The best way to protect the Belfast Agreement and enjoy a positive north-south relationship is to have a sensible deal as we exit the European Union.
Those who peddle scare stories about barbed wire and soldiers on checkpoints are being irresponsible. Neither London nor Dublin have any plans to go back to the borders of the 70s and 80s even in a no deal scenario.
The Belfast Agreement was about balancing the views of unionists and nationalists yet these parties want to foist a deal on Northern Ireland which every unionist party opposes. So much for those parties’ commitments to a shared future.
If the President of the European Council genuinely sees himself as a safeguard to peace and stability in Northern Ireland, then he will recognise the need to listen to the views of unionists.”