Union­ists sound warn­ing

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

LONDON: The North­ern Ir­ish party that props up Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Govern­ment warned yesterday that it could not sup­port a Brexit deal that di­vided up the United King­dom.

Less than five months be­fore Bri­tain is due to leave the Euro­pean Union on March 29, a deal is 95% done but of­fi­cials are still hag­gling over the fate of the land bor­der be­tween Bri­tish­ruled North­ern Ire­land and EU mem­ber Ire­land.

The Times re­ported the EU wanted a cus­toms bor­der in the Ir­ish sea in the event of a no­deal Brexit, cit­ing a leaked let­ter from May to the Demo­cratic Union­ist Party (DUP), which props up her Govern­ment.

‘‘The Prime Min­is­ter’s let­ter raises alarm bells for those who value the in­tegrity of our pre­cious union and for those who want a proper Brexit for the whole of the United King­dom,’’ DUP leader Ar­lene Foster said.

‘‘From her let­ter, it ap­pears the Prime Min­is­ter is wed­ded to the idea of a bor­der down the Ir­ish Sea with North­ern Ire­land in the EU sin­gle mar­ket reg­u­la­tory regime.’’

The DUP has caused fric­tion be­fore: nearly a year ago, its re­fusal to sign off on a deal on the bor­der caused the tem­po­rary col­lapse of Brexit talks. — Reuters

Ar­lene Foster

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