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Out of touch DUP desperate to attach itself to Tory hard right - Anderson

11 July, 2018 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has said the DUP is clearly out of touch with the actualities of Brexit and more interested in attaching itself to the hard right of the British Tory party. 

Martina Anderson said: 

"News that the DUP and backbench MPs are to back amendments to block the creation of a border in the Irish Sea post-Brexit displays their lack of awareness and understanding of Brexit and its impact. 

"This faux outrage from the DUP and their fellow travellers shows their lack of awareness of what is actually happening on the ground already and displays just how out of touch and  far removed from the Brexit negotiations they actually are. 

"This move shows the DUP is more interested in cleaving itself closer to the hard-right of the Tory party than acting in the best interests of people in the north. 

"Checking facilities of the type they are now trying to block have existed along the Irish Sea for decades and have protected the integrity of the agriculture industry and animal welfare standards on the island of Ireland. 

"There does not have to be a border in the Irish Sea nor do we want to see one established. A proposal has already been put forward from the civil service in the north to continue with and develop the current system of checks which would avoid the need for such a border and allow the north to remain in the customs union and single market, something supported by the majority of people here. 

"We do not want to see any borders created or hardened as a result of Brexit and there are options on the table to prevent that through the north securing special status within the EU."

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