09 July 2019
Following the publication of a further report on Brexit by the Irish government, DUP Member of the European Parliament Diane Dodds said,
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
“This report once again highlights the one-sided and flawed approach which the Irish government has taken on our exit from the EU.
The Irish government is resolutely opposed to any new border infrastructure between Northern Ireland and the Republic, yet it advocates the installation of new infrastructure between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. This is utterly hypocritical.
A new border north-south is unacceptable to many nationalists but a new border east-west is equally unacceptable to unionists as it would undermine the economic and constitutional integrity of the UK. Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar should recognise the unbalanced nature of their position and change course.
The only reason the Irish government is now having to seriously consider the implications of a “no deal” exit by the UK is because of the intransigent approach they urged the EU to take in negotiations.
For my part, I want to see Dublin, Brussels and London take a mature and considered approach. I want to see people work constructively to get a sensible deal which is a positive outcome for all sides. That is possible but it requires serious engagement and work rather than kneejerk rhetoric.”