DUP meet Prime Minister in Downing Street

10 September 2019

DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA and Parliamentary Leader Nigel Dodds MP met the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Downing Street this evening (Tuesday 10th).

Arlene Foster MLA

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party

Arlene Foster

Speaking afterwards Mrs Foster said,

“We want to see the referendum result implemented.  Those blocking Brexit are causing uncertainty but more worrying they are damaging democracy by ignoring the United Kingdom’s decision.

A sensible deal, between the United Kingdom and European Union which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom, is the best way forward for everyone.  We were encouraged by the tone and language in Dublin on Monday. 

History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland which cannot command cross community support is doomed to failure. That is why the Northern Ireland backstop is flawed.  Not one single unionist MLA in the Northern Ireland Assembly supports it. 

The Prime Minister rejected a Northern Ireland only backstop in a letter to Donald Tusk on 19 August. It is undemocratic and unconstitutional and would place a tariff border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. That would be unacceptable. 

During today’s meeting, the Prime Minister confirmed his rejection of the Northern Ireland only backstop and his commitment to securing a deal which works for the entire United Kingdom as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland.”

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