DUP will continue to say no to a bad deal Brexit

Arlene Foster said March 29 2019 was "marked in our minds" as the DUP worked towards exiting the European Union. Picture by Hugh Russell

THE DUP will continue to say no to a bad deal Brexit, the party's leader has promised.

Arlene Foster said March 29, 2019 was "marked in our minds" as the party worked towards exiting the European Union.

"For our part, we want to leave with a sensible deal which works for the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland in particular but also our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland. We want an orderly exit which implements the referendum result," Mrs Foster said.

"We have been consistent throughout the negotiations that Great Britain is Northern Ireland’s main market therefore, any deal which will undermine the economic or constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom single market, will not have DUP support."

Mrs Foster said Prime Minister Theresa May had promised to get changes to the legally binding withdrawal agreement.

"We will be holding her to that commitment and we will work with the government to achieve a better deal. We are very mindful that any deal will bind the hands of future governments and prime ministers therefore the legal text must be watertight for the United Kingdom," she said.

"Whilst some have sought to use the EU exit negotiations as a platform to launch attacks on the prime minister and the government, that is not our focus and we will not be party to such games when dealing with such an important issue.

"We are also mindful of people in all sectors who are frustrated with the pace of negotiations and the lack of certainty. We share the frustration. As politicians, we have a duty to look to the long-term impact of any deal on our core industries. That's where our energies will be focused in the coming days."


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