30 January 2019
During Prime Minister’s Questions the DUP’s Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP highlighted irresponsible comments by the Irish government, challenged the RoI to tone down their rhetoric and urged everyone to work towards a sensible deal which avoids any new borders.
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
Mr Dodds said,
“Rather than make headline grabbing comments whether about troops, border posts or jumping out windows, the Irish government should dial down the rhetoric and focus on reaching a better deal.
The draft withdrawal agreement was not acceptable to unionists. It would have created a new border within the United Kingdom. Such a step would utterly undermine the principle of consent contained within the Belfast Agreement.
Rather than make reckless comments, Simon Coveney should encourage his counterparts in the other EU states to be pragmatic. With renewed focus, a consensus is possible which work for the EU and the UK.
Last week Michel Barnier recognised there are mechanisms to avoid a hard border, yesterday Simon Coveney also recognised there are alternatives. Its now time to focus on reaching a better deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom."