15 October 2018
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA has been in Dublin on Monday to explain why unionists want a Brexit deal which works for Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
Amongst other meetings, Mrs Foster was having discussions with Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Speaking to reporters before a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin Mrs Foster said,
“The DUP wants a sensible deal as we exit the EU. One which works for Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom but also our nearest neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.
When I spoke in Killarney a few months ago, I described our two countries as “two semi-detached houses” with different interiors but in the same community. Sometimes difficulties arise between neighbours when we don’t understand each other’s positions. I am a unionist. I want to maintain and improve Northern Ireland’s place within the United Kingdom. I will oppose any proposal which would damage the Union in the long-term.
Unionism is united in opposing any backstop which places an international style border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Indeed not just unionists in Northern Ireland but throughout the United Kingdom as demonstrated by the Leader of the Scottish Conservative’s Ruth Davidson’s comments at the weekend.
A deal which leads to Northern Ireland slavishly following EU rules whilst all the time diverging away from the rest of the United Kingdom undermines the constitution and the single market of the United Kingdom - our main market.”