DUP deputy leader says Northern Ireland must stay in full UK customs union
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has warned that a proposed solution to the Northern Ireland backstop reportedly being discussed by UK and EU officials “cannot work”.
Reports from Brussels suggested Boris Johnson has revived a compromise Brexit plan which would see Northern Ireland remain politically in a customs union with the EU, but that it would be administered by the UK.
However Mr Dodds said such a scheme would not be acceptable to the DUP whose votes would almost certainly be needed if Mr Johnson was to get a deal through Parliament.
“Northern Ireland must stay in a full UK customs union, full stop,” he told the Italian La Repubblica newspaper.
“There is a lot of stuff coming from Brussels, pushed by the Europeans in the last hours, but one thing is sure: Northern Ireland must remain fully part of the UK customs union. And Boris Johnson knows it very well.”
He added: “It cannot work because Northern Ireland has to remain fully part of the UK customs union.”
Will of parliament
Meanwhile, Britain’s Labour party has warned Boris Johnson that it is ready to take action through the courts if he tries to push through a no-deal Brexit against the will of parliament.