DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds MP has urged the Irish Prime Minister to tone down his rhetoric and work constructively with the United Kingdom to reach a consensus as we exit the European Union.

The Party’s Westminster Leader was speaking after the Taoiseach told journalists in Davos that the United Kingdom would have to agree to full regulatory and customs alignment in Northern Ireland if there was no deal between the EU and UK. 

In response Mr Dodds said, 

“We want the 2016 referendum result to be honoured and leave the European Union through a sensible deal which works for every part of the United Kingdom and also our neighbours in the Republic of Ireland. 

I reject Leo Varadkar’s analysis. It is not a constructive contribution when we are focused on trying to reach a consensus.   

In any case, the Taoiseach’s comments about the Belfast Agreement actually ride a coach and horses through that Agreement.  

Mr Varadkar is evidently and understandably concerned about the impact of a ‘no deal’ on the Republic of Ireland but this is a time to tone down the rhetoric and keep cool heads.”


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