Arlene Foster: EU Brexit text not 'faithful' to December deal

Arlene Foster: EU Brexit text not 'faithful' to December deal

Arlene Foster: EU Brexit text not 'faithful' to December deal

She said companies needed to have a plan in place to deal with the potential fall-out, especially those exposed to the British market.

The DUP may also tell the EU negotiator that there must not be an internal border within the United Kingdom and say they will not accept anything that undermines the integrity of the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Arlene Foster has been meeting with Europe's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels today. "That is his interpretation, we don't think it is a fair interpretation of the joint report from December", she said.

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The border between the UK and Ireland can not be transformed in the image of the border between the United States and Canada, Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday, after the UK Prime Minister Theresa May floated the idea before the UK parliament.

"In that context we made the point that we felt that the current draft European Union legal text was not a faithful or fair translation of the joint report from December", said Mrs Foster. "What continues to be critical for Ireland is that the guarantees that we need regarding how a hard border be avoided, that those guarantees be maintained".

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The head of the Democratic Unionist Party, whose 10 MPs prop up Mrs May's Government, said her party could never support such a plan, which would effectively put a customs border in the Irish Sea.

Describing her talk with Mr Barnier as "good and very open", she insisted the text has "omissions in it" and said it "also overreaches in other areas". Placing a border down the Irish Sea would not just be politically unacceptable but would be economically catastrophic.

The UK paper from last summer - dismissed at the time as "magical thinking" in Brussels - had outlined two options to eliminate checks on goods crossing the border: the first would use technology to eliminate physical border checks; the second would make the UK responsible for monitoring the bloc's external border and collecting customs duties for the EU.

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He has said that it is incumbent on anyone who is unhappy with the draft text to bring forward legally enforceable alternatives. "It talks about giving the north-south ministerial council powers". Sorry, the European Union does not have the right to go into the Belfast Agreement in that fashion.

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