07 June 2018
DUP Deputy Leader Rt. Hon. Nigel Dodds MP said,
DUP Deputy Leader, Leader of the DUP Parliamentary Party, Spokesman on Reform and Constitutional issues and Foreign Affairs
“As we exit the EU we must ensure there is no new border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and our greatest market in Great Britain. We will always act to protect the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom.
The backstop in the technical report issued today applies to the entire United Kingdom. That is positive and a step forward. It is another demonstration of the Prime Minister’s commitment to the Union. The previously proposed annexation of Northern Ireland was totally unacceptable.
We must also remember that the backstop will only be used as a last resort. The focus must now be on getting a new trade deal. This is in the best interests of the United Kingdom, European Union and Republic of Ireland.
The people of the United Kingdom voted to take back control of our borders, laws and money. The DUP is committed to delivering on the verdict of the 2016 referendum and ensuring that as we exit the EU, we get the best deal for Northern Ireland and the entire United Kingdom.”