30 April 2018
Lagan Valley DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has accused the Irish Government of another display of disrespect as it emerged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is visiting various parts of Northern Ireland today outside of normal protocol.
Parliamentary Chief Whip; Spokesman on Defence and business in the House of Commons
Mr Donaldson said, “Leo Varadkar’s visit is another demonstration of the poor manners and disrespect which appears to be the Irish Government’s Brexit strategy. Having told unionists just over a month ago that he recognised statements and actions by the Irish government were unhelpful or intrusive, he follows this up with a visit which no local representative is informed about and none of the other normal protocol is followed.
It is increasingly apparent that the Irish government does not seem to care about securing a sensible and pragmatic outcome from Brexit which can work for both Northern Ireland and the Republic. Their preferred approach is to use Brexit in whatever way possible to undermine Northern Ireland and particularly its constitutional position.
Whilst Mr Varadkar may say that he wants to find solutions to the issues facing us there is little demonstration of him working constructively to find them.”