21 September 2018
DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA said,
“The Prime Minister is right to stand firm in the face of disrespectful, intransigent and disgraceful behaviour by the European Union. The United Kingdom will not be treated in such a manner.
I welcome today’s clear statement by the Prime Minister and in particular that Her Majesty’s Government will not countenance any new regulatory or customs barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
As per Article 50 of the Joint Report, any new regulatory barrier would be a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly where the DUP would veto any attempt to undermine the economic or constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.
Our red line from day one of these negotiations has been that there can be no border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. We continue our intensive work with the Government to ensure that we leave the EU in a manner which protects the constitutional and economic integrity of United Kingdom and enables us to take back control of our laws, borders and money.
The focus by the European Union on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland is misplaced. A currency, VAT and excise border already exists and is easily managed. The European Union needs to stop misusing the Northern Ireland peace process as some form of leverage.”