Northern Ireland’s top political party has announced its fierce opposition to a deal on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union that would allow the EU to include the region in its customs union until a solution is found on bilateral trade.
The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster said Saturday that her party would not allow “the annexation of Northern Ireland” by the EU as part of plans to reach an agreement on Brexit ahead of Britain’s official departure from the bloc in March.
Foster said in an article in The Belfast Telegraph that she would prefer no deal rather than a bad deal that would effectively separate Northern Ireland, a UK province, from the rest of Britain.
“I fully appreciate the risks of a ‘no deal’ (Brexit) but the dangers of a bad deal are worse,” said Foster, adding, “This backstop arrangement would not be temporary. It would be the permanent annexation of Northern Ireland…