Donaldson – “referendum result must be respected”

04 April 2019

DUP Lagan Valley MP Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has called on the Prime Minister to recognise the will of Parliament for the Brady Amendment and press the European Union for the necessary change to the Withdrawal Agreement.

Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Parliamentary Chief Whip; Spokesman on Defence and business in the House of Commons

Jeffrey Donaldson

Commenting Mr Donaldson said,

“The referendum result must be respected and implemented.  People voted to leave the EU.  To do otherwise would be a betrayal of democracy.

Whilst the Prime Minister and her government may consider other options as halfway houses or staging posts, that is not the Brexit which people voted for. We will work in Parliament for the referendum result to be properly respected.

Since the referendum, the DUP has argued for an exit deal which respects the referendum result and protects the Union.

It is late in the day,  but it is still possible to secure a deal which implements the referendum result and enables the United Kingdom to take back control of its trade, money, laws and borders.

The only proposal to secure a majority in Parliament was the Brady Amendment.  Rather than subcontract our negotiations to Jeremy Corbyn, the Prime Minister should urge her counterparts across the European Union to recognise the Brady Amendment and work towards a sensible deal which parliament can rally behind.

Michel Barnier, Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Jean-Claud Juncker have all recognised that, even in a no deal scenario, a hard border could be avoided. This exposes the flawed arguments for the backstop.

We want a deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.  But that will require preparedness across the European Union to reach a sensible deal.”

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