Johnson 'rejected NI-only backstop' in meeting - DUP

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Following a meeting between Boris Johnson and Irish premier Leo Varadkar in Dublin, Mrs Foster said she was "encouraged" by the Prime Minister's commitment to getting "a sensible deal".

"So, I think that this idea that you have a Northern Ireland-only backstop where you have a trade border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and Great Britain is simply a non-runner, in any event it would contravene the core principles of the Good Friday Agreement, the Belfast Agreement".

"History teaches us that any deal relating to Northern Ireland which can not command cross community support is doomed to failure".

"The Prime Minister rejected a Northern Ireland only backstop in a letter to Donald Tusk on 19 August", said Arlene Foster.

"We want the referendum result implemented".

A Northern Ireland-only arrangement would mean an all-island regulatory alignment that would see Northern Ireland moving away from the rest of the UK.

British PM Boris Johnson has claimed a no-deal Brexit would be "a failure of statecraft", for which he would be partly responsible, in sharp contrast with his previous, positive comments about the United Kingdom exiting the European Union without a deal.

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