February 28, 2018 / 9:18 AM / 4 months ago

Northern Ireland's DUP says proposed Irish border arrangements 'will not go anywhere'

BELFAST (Reuters) - Reported details of a draft Brexit treaty between Britain and the EU, notably regarding proposals for a hard border with Ireland, are a “ludicrous” suggestion that will not go anywhere, the deputy leader of the Northern Ireland party that props up Britain’s minority government said.

Arlene Foster, leader of the DUP, and Nigel Dodds MP, talk to the press outside the Palace of Westminster in London, Britain, February 21, 2018.

The draft to be agreed by the executive European Commission on Wednesday will cross many British red lines, officials say, and includes elements such as a clause preventing “regulatory divergence” across the Irish border.

“This is a ludicrous over-the-top suggestion put forward by (EU Brexit negotiator) Michel Barnier. It will not go anywhere. The way forward is to get into the trade talks and then and only then will you know what the border arrangements need to be,” the Democratic Unionist Party’s Nigel Dodds told BBC Radio Ulster.

Reporting by Ian Graham, editing by Padraic Halpin and John Stonestreet

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