12 April 2019
DUP MEP for Northern Ireland Diane Dodds has said those suggesting a boycott of the European elections are taking the wrong approach. Mrs Dodds urged voters both in the Local Government elections and in any European election to send a clear message to London and Brussels.
Member of the EU Agriculture and Rural Development Committee, Substitute member of the EU Fisheries Committee
Commenting Mrs Dodds said,
“Last Thursday the DUP selected me as their candidate for Northern Ireland if there should be an election to the European Parliament. Whilst it should have been a farewell event rather than a selection meeting, I was honoured and humbled to be unanimously backed by the Party’s grassroots.
My message to grassroots members throughout Northern Ireland has been to use any election to ‘tell them again’ and send a clear message to London and Brussels that the 2016 referendum result must be respected.
Whether it is the Local Government elections in a few weeks or a European election at the end of May, people should exercise their franchise. They should use the ballot box to send a message to the Prime Minister and Michel Barnier.
This is not a time to boycott or sit on the side-lines and let an election be distorted. If a majority of 1.3 million has been able to be twisted and distorted, imagine what would happen if frustrated leave voters stayed at home.
Whilst some areas of the United Kingdom may be considering that approach, that’s not the message I have been getting on the doors as I’ve canvassed alongside our Council candidates in Northern Ireland. Instead people are exercised and looking forward to strengthening the DUP’s hand.
Our electorate want a sensible deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom and which respects the referendum result. I’m looking forward to taking that message to doorsteps right across Northern Ireland.”