DUP chief Foster says unionists needs to be ‘alarmed’ after letter from PM suggests she is ‘wedded to concept of border down Irish Sea’ (News)

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DUP chief Arlene Foster has hit out at Prime Minister Theresa Could after receiving a five-page letter outlining her present place on Brexit negotiations.

After receiving the letter, which was leaked to The Occasions, Mrs Foster instructed the newspaper that it appeared that Mrs Could was “wedded to the concept of a border down the Irish Sea”.

Within the letter the Prime Minister wrote that the European Union needs a ‘backstop to the backstop’ written into any Brexit withdrawal deal.

Mrs Could wrote that she would by no means comply with something that separated Northern Eire from the remainder of the UK.

The Prime Minister wrote that she would “not anticipate laws to diverge between Nice Britain and Northern Eire throughout a backstop state of affairs”.

Any ‘backstop’ would imply Northern Eire remaining within the European Union’s single market and customs union within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

The plan is meant to stop a tough border on the island of Eire.

The UK has proposed that the entire of the UK might keep within the EU customs union for a time restricted interval.

Nevertheless the EU and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar have been adamant that any backstop couldn’t be time restricted, and should stay in place till Brexit points are absolutely resolved.

A ‘backstop to the backstop’ would contain solely Northern Eire remaining tied to the EU within the occasion that an settlement couldn’t be reached throughout the time restricted interval, successfully separating Northern Eire from the remainder of the UK.

It has been interpreted that the letter from Mrs Could suggests {that a} customs border within the Irish Sea, because of the ‘backstop to the backstop’, shall be included within the withdrawal negotiations within the occasion of a no-deal Brexit.

The DUP has been adamant that any Brexit plan involving a border within the Irish Sea can be unacceptable.

Mrs Foster instructed The Occasions that the letter “raised alarm bells for individuals who worth the integrity of our treasured union and for individuals who need a correct Brexit for the entire of the UK”.

“From her letter, it seems the Prime Minister is wedded to the concept of a border down the Irish Sea with Northern Eire within the EU single regulatory regime,” the Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA mentioned.

The Prime Minister at present depends on ten DUP MPs to assist her cross key laws at Westminster by way of a confidence and provide settlement.

In her letter Mrs Could wrote that the backstop was “an insurance coverage coverage that no-one within the UK or the EU needs or expects to make use of” and that it could not final indefinetly.

The Prime Minister wrote that she would “not settle for there being any circumstances or situations wherein that ‘backstop to the backstop’, which might break up the UK customs territory, might are available in to pressure.”

“That’s the reason it’s essential that the supply for a UK-EU joint customs territory is legally binding within the Withdrawal Settlement itself, in order that no ‘backstop to a backstop’ is required,” Mrs Could wrote.

A Downing Road spokesman instructed The Occasions that the Prime Minister wouldn’t comply with something that separates Northern Eire from the remainder of the UK.

“The Prime Minister’s letter units out her dedication, which she has been completely clear about on any variety of events, to by no means accepting any circumstances wherein the UK is split into two customs territories,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“The Authorities is not going to agree something that brings a couple of onerous border on the island of Eire.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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