DUP Leader Arlene Foster has said Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the UK.
"Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the UK, we will not accept any form of regulatory divergence" – DUP leader Arlene Foster on #Brexit talks https://t.co/VKDYRXgOLk pic.twitter.com/e0FqI0NDq0
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She said: “Northern Ireland must leave the EU on the same terms as the rest of the UK. We will not accept any terms that separate Northern Ireland economically or politically from the UK.
“We do want to see a sensible Brexit, where the common travel area is continued.
“The Republic of Ireland government are trying to change terms of Belfast agreement without our input or consent, and we will not stand for that.”
This could be big for Brexit – the DUP is propping up the Tory government for a start. SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon has already called for Scotland to retain regulatory alignment with the EU if Northern Ireland ends up doing that.
If one part of UK can retain regulatory alignment with EU and effectively stay in the single market (which is the right solution for Northern Ireland) there is surely no good practical reason why others can’t.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 4, 2017
The British government must stand firm in negotiations with Brussels.