Foster urges Prime Minister to stand strong

06 February 2019

DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA led a delegation to meet the Prime Minister Theresa May in Stormont House on Wednesday afternoon.

Arlene Foster MLA

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party

Arlene Foster

Former Stormont Education Minister Peter Weir MLA and former Agriculture Minister Michelle McIlveen MLA were also part of the delegation.

Speaking afterwards Mrs Foster said,

“The Party has an on-going engagement with the Government regarding our exit from the European Union.  This was another useful opportunity to press for a deal which works for the entire United Kingdom. We want a deal which respects the Union and the referendum result.

Our message was very simple. The draft withdrawal agreement is flawed because the backstop would undermine the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.  The backstop is the main problem. It must be dealt with in the terms set out in the Brady Amendment which secured a majority in the House of Commons.

During that debate, the Prime Minister made commitments that there would be legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement. That is what is needed.

It is welcome that the Prime Minister is travelling to Brussels to seek changes but she must stand strong and by the commitments she made to the House of Commons.

We want a deal. One that works for us as well as our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland. But we must face reality.  There is no “agreement” unless it is able to command the necessary support in Parliament.”

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