FILE PHOTO: Deputy chief of the Democratic Unionist Social gathering Nigel Dodds is seen exterior the Homes of Parliament, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain April eight, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
LONDON (Reuters) – A mooted eleventh-hour resolution to the Brexit impasse can not work as a result of Northern Eire should stay in a full United Kingdom customs union, the deputy chief of the province’s key political get together stated on Saturday.
The Democratic Unionist Social gathering, which helps Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives in Westminster, will play a key function in deciding whether or not Britain can agree a brand new withdrawal settlement with the European Union earlier than the departure deadline of Oct. 31.
Based on EU diplomats, Johnson has proposed protecting Northern Eire in a UK customs union and a few type of EU customs partnership. This implies the province would face customs and regulatory checks on items shifting between Northern Eire and Britain.
That’s designed to forestall the return of customs checks on the island of Eire, on the border between the British province and EU-member Eire.
Negotiators for Britain and the EU have launched into intense talks to see if they’ll make the proposal work, and whereas DUP chief Arlene Foster gave a guarded welcome to the plan on Friday, deputy chief Nigel Dodds sounded extra downbeat.
Italian newspaper Repubblica quoted him as saying that Johnson knew their place. “No, it can not work,” Dodds stated, “as a result of Northern Eire has to stay totally a part of the UK customs union”.
Dodds is the DUP’s chief within the Westminster parliament and his views have proved influential with some members of Johnson’s personal get together who need a cleaner break with Brussels. Opposition from the DUP led to parliament rejecting 3 times a earlier Brexit deal agreed by Johnson predecessor Theresa Could.
“We’ll wait and see,” Dodds stated. “There’s loads of stuff coming from Brussels, pushed by the Europeans within the final hours, however one factor is certain: Northern Eire should stay totally a part of the UK customs union. And Boris Johnson is aware of it very nicely.”
Reporting by Kate Holton; enhancing by John Stonestreet