09 October 2019
DUP MEP Diane Dodds has once again reiterated that Northern Ireland and its people are not a bargaining chip for the EU’s Brexit negotiations. Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament today Diane said:
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
“On 31st October the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union.
We must leave as one nation. This means that Northern Ireland will leave the single market and customs union along with the rest of the UK.
Prime Minister Johnston’s blueprint means that the consent of the elected representatives of Northern Ireland is rightly required to opt into some rules, which would make trading with our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland easier for farmers and businesses.
A sensible, pragmatic way forward honouring the UK’s referendum result.
This has been met with complete negativity from EU leaders.
It appears that no proposal, other than tying Northern Ireland to the EU single market and customs union, is acceptable to this house, the Irish Prime Minister or the German Chancellor.
So let us be clear once again.
Northern Ireland is an integral part of our United Kingdom through the consent of the people of Northern Ireland.
We will not be torn out of its internal market and customs union.
We are not a bargaining chip in the EU’s negotiation.”