UUP urges parliament to send prime minister `back to the negotiating table

UUP Leader Robin Swann during his speech at the Ulster Unionist Party 2018 AGM/Spring Conference. Picture by Pacemaker

THE UUP has urged the rejection of the draft Withdrawal Agreement after a meeting of its executive in Belfast at the weekend.

Party officials met in the Park Avenue Hotel on Saturday to discuss the agreement which is to go before parliament tomorrow.

Afterwards it said that there had been unanimous" agreement that the proposal "negotiated between Her Majesty's Government and the EU will erode the constitutional and economic integrity of the United Kingdom and should be rejected".

Saying it "warned of the potential consequences of the inclusion of the disastrous backstop in December 2017", it called for MPs to "vote down the Withdrawal Agreement".

"The Prime Minister should make plans for the extension of Article 50 and go back to the negotiating table to attain a deal which preserves the integrity of the United Kingdom and provides longer term stability.

"Any commitments from Her Majesty's Government should be contained in legally binding text."

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