08 June 2018
DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP said,
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
“Michel Barnier’s latest comments demonstrate he has no respect for the principle of consent or the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. This is nothing more than an outrageous attempt to revert to the annexation of Northern Ireland. We will not accept such a proposal.
Mr Barnier fails to understand that both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have already indicated that his proposed backstop is not acceptable. No Prime Minister could ever agree to any arrangement which would threaten the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.
The focus must now be on getting a new trade deal. Such a deal will be good for the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and the European Union.”