The Democratic Unionist Party’s Nigel Dodds affirmed that the United Kingdom was right to vote to leave the European Union after the party thwarted a draft deal which would have left Northern Ireland tethered to the bloc.
After the socially conservative, predominantly working-class party scuppered Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to agree to “continued regulatory alignment” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland — which caused negotiations in Brussels to break down — the MP for North Belfast affirmed that the Home Nations of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland must leave the bloc together, and on the same terms.
“As we made clear in the House [of Commons] a few moments ago, the Democratic Unionist Party has consistently made clear that Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the United Kingdom,” he told press following a parliamentary debate.
“Integrity of the United Kingdom comes first,” the MP for Belfast North added, asserting that there would be no border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the country in the Irish Sea.
He also argued that a soft border with the Republic of Ireland was perfectly possible without some sort of “special status” for the Province, as per a government paper published in August.