Extended transition period doesn’t alter unacceptable backstop

18 October 2018

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP said,

Nigel Dodds MP

DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs

Nigel Dodds

"An extension of the transition period offers does nothing significant on the key issue of the unacceptable EU backstop proposals.

An extended transition period means the United Kingdom continues to ‘pay but have no say’ in Brussels. Such an extension would cost United Kingdom billions of pounds, yet our fundamental problem with the EU proposal remains.

The DUP wants a Brexit deal that works for our nearest neighbours in the European Union but which respects the constitutional and economic integrity of the precious Union. The backstop as proposed by the EU would undermine the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.

I am glad that it is not just unionists in Northern Ireland who recognise the dangers of the EU proposals on the backstop to the Union. Such a backstop is unacceptable to many others from right across the United Kingdom.”

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