Hope discussions in Dublin lay foundation for way forward

09 September 2019

Following discussions between the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,

Arlene Foster MLA

Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party

Arlene Foster

“I am encouraged by the Prime Minister’s commitment to getting a sensible deal. I hope the discussions in Dublin lay the foundation for a way forward.

We want the referendum result implemented.  To do otherwise would be to damage democracy but we have never been champions of exiting the European Union without a deal.

To secure a sensible deal which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom will require pragmatic discussions on all sides. 

The Prime Minister has already ruled out a Northern Ireland only backstop because it would be anti-democratic, unconstitutional and would mean our core industries would be subject to EU rules without any means of changing them.

We will continue to work with the Government and will also use any discussions with the Taoiseach to encourage efforts towards a sensible deal.”

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