20 October 2019
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
“The votes of DUP MPs were significant in the passing of the Letwin amendment, but it is far from the first time that DUP votes have been crucial on the issue of Brexit. In nearly half of all votes on the issue in Parliament it has been DUP MPs who have ensured progress continued to be made towards our exit from the EU.
The DUP wants to “get Brexit done” but it must be a Brexit for the whole of the United Kngdom. Our position has been clear and it has been consistent.
DUP MPs supported the Letwin amendment as the only avenue available to properly scrutinise the deal on offer and attempt to secure changes that could address some of the concerns we have. It was a situation that could have been easily avoided had the Prime Minister kept to words he penned to Jean-Claude Juncker just a matter of two weeks ago.
The DUP does not seek a second referendum; merely implementation of the first. The people of the United Kingdom were asked whether the UK should leave the EU, not whether Great Britain should leave Northern Ireland behind. We want to leave as one nation. That remains our goal. If the Prime Minister remains willing to achieve that outcome he will find DUP MPs as willing partners in that project.“