11 October 2018
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA and the Party’s MEP Diane Dodds have finished their third day of intensive engagement with representatives of the EU27 in Brussels.
Speaking before leaving Brussels Mrs Foster said,
“These are significant days for Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as we know it.
The decisions by Her Majesty’s Government and the House of Commons in the coming weeks will be critical.
Having engaged with many of the EU27 States, it is clear that Northern Ireland will not be offered the so-called ‘best of both worlds’.
Brussels wants Northern Ireland to have access to the EU single market and trade within the rules set by the EU under the European Courts of Justice. However, Brussels also wants to place an effective one-way turnstile from Northern Ireland into the rest of the United Kingdom. Trade from Great Britain into Northern Ireland would be in danger of restriction. Indeed, Northern Ireland’s access to any new United Kingdom trade deals would also be regulated by Brussels.
That is not the best of both worlds. That is the worst of one world.
The Prime Minister is a unionist. Many of her cabinet colleagues have assured me of their unionism. Therefore, they could not in good conscience recommend a deal which places a trade barrier on United Kingdom businesses moving goods from one part of the Kingdom to another.
We will take decisions based on what is best for everyone in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”