DUP: Tusk/Juncker letter bolsters our concerns about deal

The DUP’s Westminster Leader, Nigel Dodds, has torn apart Theresa May’s attempt to push her deal via a letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk

In a statement today, Dodds says: “Despite a letter of supposed reassurance from the European Union, there are no “legally binding assurances” as the Prime Minister talked about in December. In fact, there is nothing new. Nothing has changed.”

He goes on to say: “Rather than reassure us, the Tusk and Juncker letter bolsters our concerns by confirming:

1.    Everything the Attorney General said in his legal advice regarding the backstop, still stands;
2.    There has been no change to the Withdrawal Agreement and
3.    Northern Ireland would be subject to EU laws with no representation in Brussels. We would rely on the Dublin government to speak up for us.

“Instead of meaningless letters, the Prime Minister should now ask for and deliver changes to the Withdrawal Agreement.”

He also demands that the Prime Minister explains comments relating to possible “changes to everyday life in Northern Ireland” that could put the UK at risk, questioning if this is simply more scaremongering.

“Indeed, the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the Republic of Ireland is not making preparations for a hard border even in the event of No Deal being agreed.”

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Such a strong response from the Brexiteer MPs of the DUP confirms that May’s deal is pretty much dead.