A thunderous Ian Paisley addressed a pro-Brexit rally in Westminster’s Parliament Square telling the crowd “you are red, you are white, you are dynamite”.
Speaking from the stage at the mass open air rally in London on Friday evening DUP MP Ian Paisley roared his thanks to the thousands who had marched to support Brexit.
He said they would “never, never” wear the withdrawal agreement on their sleeves.
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“Ahead of us stands the sunny uplands of Freedom! Do not let any government put upon you a Withdrawal Agreement that cuts our great nation in two. Thank you for standing with the Ulster people!” 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/G0i23a1jilendpPlaceholder— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) March 29, 2019
After the Government’s latest defeat the DUP’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds said he would rather remain in the EU than back Theresa May’s deal. He did however, say he would prefer Brexit to be delivered.
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Spotting an Ulster flag in the huge crowd, the North Antrim MP roared: “You are red, you are white – you are dynamite” as the thousands sounded their approval.
“It’s great to see you in Parliament Square,” he went on.
“Ladies and gentlemen, there is a good story recounted in the good book. It says the wise build their house upon a rock. I am glad today we are standing with the rock of the British people against the sinking sand of the withdrawal agreement that we will never, never wear on our people.”
Calling Mrs May’s Irish backstop plan ‘the backstab’, the North Antrim MP told the crowd: “Your journey here has been long.
“It has faced many twists and turns. There will be more agonising days and steps ahead. But ahead of us stands the sunny uplands of freedom.
“And they will never take our freedom.
“Do not let any government ever put upon you a withdrawal agreement that cuts our great nation in two. The backstop.. the backstab that ruins our country.
“And thank you to the English, the Scots and the Welsh for standing with the Ulster people.
“We say thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”
With many thanks to the: Belfast Telegraph for the original story
DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds says his party has made domestic progress on the Irish backstop, but the rejection of the Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit deal by MPs for a third time shows government must press Brussels to change its proposed treaty.
Mr Dodds was speaking after the vote today which saw MPs reject Theresa May’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement with the EU by 344 votes to 286, a majority of 58.
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The vote means the UK has missed the EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and leave with a deal.
The DUP believes the backstop section of the proposed treaty would create trade barriers between Northern Ireland and Great Britain and, over time, weaken the union.
Because of its confidence and supply deal with the Tory party and its ten MPs, it holds a significant balance of power in the process, much to its critics’ disdain.
In a statement Mr Dodds said: “The Democratic Unionist Party has consistently and repeatedly indicated that we could not support the Withdrawal Agreement because of the construction of the backstop. We have reached this view from a principled position as we do not believe the withdrawal agreement is the best way forward for the United Kingdom.
We have encouraged the Government to do, as Dominic Raab has said, to return to Brussels on these issues and not simply to accept the position of the European Union as being unalterable.
“We have said that were the backstop to become operational Northern Ireland would sit in a separate legal position from the rest of the United Kingdom in economic and trade terms.
“In those circumstances there is the strong possibility that we could have a long-term outcome where by Northern Ireland would inevitably pull away from its biggest trading market in Great Britain as there would be new internal barriers within the United Kingdom.
“In our recent discussions with the Government good progress has been made on how domestic legislation would assist in ensuring the economic integrity of the UK as a whole and recognising Northern Ireland’s particular situation sharing a land border with the European Union.
“However, regretfully the fact remains that sufficient progress has not been made.
“We have encouraged the Government to do, as Dominic Raab has said, to return to Brussels on these issues and not simply to accept the position of the European Union as being unalterable. The Government must use the remaining time to deal with widely held concerns across the House of Commons.”
He added: “The United Kingdom’s long-term relationship with the European Union will need to accord with our key objectives to ensure the economic integrity of the United Kingdom.”
“We deeply regret the numerous missed opportunities by those who negotiated on behalf of the UK to listen to our warnings about the dangers of the backstop and to take steps to remedy those deficiencies.”
With many thanks to: The News Letter and Philip Bradfield for the original story
The former NI secretary has said it was “foolishness” to believe the DUP would sacrifice their principles for money.
Theresa May was wrong to think she could buy-off the DUP, according to former Northern Ireland secretary Shaun Woodward.
Despite receiving £1bn for Northern Ireland in return for a supply and confidence agreement with the government, the DUP voted against the Prime Minister’s deal today.
Speaking to talkRADIO’s John Nicolson, former minister Shaun Woodward said the DUP had acted exactly as expected.
Mr Woodward said: “The DUP have been exactly as you would have expected them to be and they’ve been very faithful to their community in Northern Ireland that they represent.
“I think it was the Prime Minister’s foolishness in imagining that she could slip them a big enough bung for them to sacrifice their principles.
“Whether you agree with them or not, the fact is they are very principled individuals and they are not for sale in the way the Prime Minister thought they would be.”
Mr Woodward said he believed the DUP’s actions were a consequence of Northern Ireland being “utterly betrayed” during the referendum campaign by “short-sighted” Brexiteers.
“The people of Northern Ireland were utterly betrayed into believing that somehow it was going to be possible for them to keep to the principles of the Good Friday Agreement, and not end up with some kind of border being reinstated either between Northern Ireland and the Republic or in the Irish Sea,” Mr Woodward said.
“It was just not true, it was a lie, it was utterly misleading and it was stupid at best and really wrong at worst for politicians to try and take the people of Northern Ireland for granted in the way that they did, and not surprisingly it has come back to bite them hard.”
With many thanks to: Talk Radio and Cormac Connolly -Smith-@cormaccsmith for the original story
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The DUP has urged the government to return to Brussels to demand changes that would make the backstop acceptable to the British parliament.
Deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the EU’s resistance to amending the Withdrawal Agreement must be challenged by UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.
Mr Dodds said his party had “consistently and repeatedly” made it clear it will not support the deal until the construction of the contentious backstop protocol is changed.
Reacting after the Withdrawal Agreement was defeated for the third time in the Commons, the North Belfast MP said: “We have reached this view from a principled position, as we do not believe the Withdrawal Agreement is the best way forward for the United Kingdom.
The DUP deputy leader reiterated the danger of the backstop becoming operational, which would lead Northern Ireland to sit in a separate legal position from the rest of the United Kingdom in economic and trade terms.
“In those circumstances, there is the strong possibility that we could have a long-term outcome whereby Northern Ireland would inevitably pull away from its biggest trading market in Great Britain as there would be new internal barriers within the United Kingdom.”
Activated if a wider EU/UK trade deal fails to materialise before the end of the Brexit implementation period, the backstop would see the UK enter into a temporary customs union with the EU – to avoid the need for customs checks on the Irish border.
It would also see the North of Ireland adhere to EU single market rules on goods – again to rule out the necessity for border regulatory checks.
The DUP believes binding the North of Ireland to single market rules would create a regulatory border between the region and the rest of the UK – a move, it contends, that would undermine the constitutional integrity of the Union.
The party has not been convinced by Theresa May’s efforts to provide reassurances on the backstop.
Mrs May secured a number of legal add-ons to the agreement from the EU – documents the government insisted provided assurances around the temporary nature of the measure and over potential routes to exit it.
She has also pledged to use domestic law to beef up Stormont’s role on backstop matters and has made commitments that the rest of the UK will not diverge from the EU regulations applied in the North of Ireland.
Mr Dodds said the moves had not gone far enough.
“In our recent discussions with the government, good progress has been made on how domestic legislation would assist in ensuring the economic integrity of the UK as a whole and recognising the North of Ireland’s particular situation sharing a land border with the European Union,” he said.
However, according to the DUP deputy leader, “sufficient progress has not been made”.
“For our part, we will continue to use our position and influence within parliament and with the government to strongly argue the case for the North of Ireland and to work through each of the legislative stages in parliament to eliminate the risk of the North of Ireland and its place within the internal market in the UK.
“The arguments we have advanced are well understood across parliament and there is strong recognition in the House of Commons that the North of Ireland cannot be subjected to new and onerous trade barriers within the United Kingdom as the price of leaving the European Union.
“The United Kingdom’s long-term relationship with the European Union will need to accord with our key objectives to ensure the economic integrity of the United Kingdom,” Mr Dodds said.
Meanwhile, reacting to the earlier vote on the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons, the Sinn Fein President Mary Lou McDonald has said she is “very very concerned” that the UK could crash-out of the EU without a deal.
Speaking in Dublin, Ms McDonald said :”I had a strong sense from the beginning that a disorderly Brexit could happen by accident as much by design – simply by running out of time. And I am very very concerned that such a scenario is unfolding.”
She added: “We need to understand that [MPs] simply voting against the idea of a crash, does not mean that a crash won’t happen.”
“We are perilously close… dangerously close to a very very bad outcome for Ireland.”
Deputy McDonald said she would be travelling to Brussels on Monday to discuss developments with the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and the European Parliament interlocutor Guy Verhofstadt.
With many thanks to: RTÉ News for the original story
as passions flared over Brexit at Holyrood. The Glasgow MSP was respondig to Tory claims that the Greens were being “self indulgent” by staging a debate in the Scottish Parliament today on revoking Article 50 and halting Brexit , unless a second referendum is held.
Patrick Harvie hit out at the DUP today Mr Harvie suggested that Brexit turmoil had been “created” to solve the Tories internal divisions on Brexit and questioned whether this was not self-indulgent.
“Prolonging this mess by refusing to reach out and seek consensus for staying inside the single market – that’s not self-indulgent,” he added.
“Throwing a billion pound bung to the misogynist, homophobic, climate-denying, sectarian marchers of the DUP to keep their own hopeless Prime Minister in office – that’s not sefl-indulgent at all.”
He added: “Anyone trying to stop this chaos and end the crisis that trhe Tory party has forced on the country – that’s apparently is being self-indulgent.”
Nicola Sturgeon: Theresa May is ‘shortchanging’ Scots for DUP deal The DUP secured £1billion of additional funding for Northern Ireland as part of a “confident and supply” agreement in its exchange for support in vital votes.
However, it became mired in controversy when the party refused to back Mrs May’s EU Withdrawal agreement amid concerns over the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement.
MSPs at Holyrood today claimed the voice of Scots has been ignored in the chaos and turmoil which has engulfed British politics over Brexit, as parties from across the political divide said the public should have their say.
But the Tories opposed the motion at Holyrood and accused Nationalists’ of “hypocrisy” over their support a second EU referendum – while opposing any suggestion of such a “confirmatory” referendum in the event of a future Yes vote on independence.
With many thanks to: The Scotsman for the original story
LONDON (Reuters) – The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government is demanding a seat at post-Brexit trade talks as its price for supporting her twice-defeated divorce deal, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported.
The Democratic Unionist Party wants a guarantee that Northern Ireland will be treated no differently from the rest of the United Kingdom and a seat at trade talks, the newspaper said.
“We are determined that Brexit should happen in accordance with the referendum result but the only way it can happen which is acceptable to us is if the United Kingdom is treated as one,” DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told The Sunday Telegraph.
“The government is now focused on this key issue but political statements or pledges are not enough.”
With many thanks to: Reporting byAndrew MacAskill;editing byGuy Faulconbridge and Reuters for the original posting