13 March 2018
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has responded to guidelines brought forward by MEPs for talks on future relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Mrs Dodds said:
“This morning we hear of the EU desire for a close partnership with the UK post-Brexit, yet there is little spirit of conciliation and compromise. Nowhere is this more evident than in the draft legal text on Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which this resolution supports.
This is aggressive interference in the internal affairs of the United Kingdom. It would be disastrous for Northern Ireland economically and it violates the principle of consent - a core principle of the Belfast Agreement. It goes well beyond the Belfast Agreement in its North-South proposals. In fact it is a text that no British Prime Minister could agree to and it has achieved the seemingly impossible - uniting the British Parliament against it.
Last week my Party leader told Michel Barnier that we wanted practical solutions on the border. These proposals are a far step away from it.’’