22 November 2018
The DUP’s Brexit spokesman and East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson said,
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
“The Political Declaration is a non-binding aspirational agreement of convenience whilst the Withdrawal Agreement is a legally binding text which will tie the UK for years to come. Today’s document has been drafted to help the Prime Minister rather than mitigate the very damaging and dangerous draft Withdrawal Agreement.
This Political Declaration is a short-term document which has been agreed by politicians, many of whom will be up for re-election within months and may possibly not even be in position when the time comes to cash-in on its commitments.
The Government needs to recognise that there is no enthusiasm for the Withdrawal Agreement across all sides of the House of Commons. The Prime Minister must accept that it is not a pure choice for MPs between her Withdrawal Agreement and a so-called ‘no deal’ rather it is time to work for a better deal.
We have told the Prime Minister that we need to see changes to the Withdrawal Agreement. Paragraph 50 from the Joint Report is not reflected within it. This is not acceptable. Over time Northern Ireland’s rules and regulations will diverge away from those in our biggest market. We want to see a Withdrawal Agreement which respects the economic and constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom. Work should start on it now.”